Even the U.S. Postal Service is not immune to the effects of Mountain View's hot rental market. Thanks to one landlord's decision, residents living south of El Camino Real will lose their local post office branch on May 24.
A notice on the door of the Blossom Valley post office -- which serves the 94040 zip code from an office at 1768 Miramonte Ave. next to Safeway -- explains that the closure is "because of the termination of our lease at the landlord's request," writes Mountain View postmaster Yogi Singal, who was not available for further comment.
"What a drag," said resident Janet Wade. "This is convenient, I like this."
She said she prefers using the relatively quiet post office even though she lives on Shoreline Boulevard near the downtown post office, especially when making a trip to the CVS or the Safeway in the same the strip mall.
As a result, residents in Mountain View's 94040 zip code will have to travel to the downtown post office at 211 Hope St. to pick up "notice left" mail or mail that needs to be signed for, effective May 24, according to the post office's announcement.
"That's going to have a hell of an impact," said Gary Miles, who had walked with his wife Margarida to the store from their home two blocks away. "We come here all the time."
"There's a little old lady I know that comes here everyday, she walks down here for her PO box," Miles said. "There's lots of older people over there who walk here to make themselves walk, because it's good for your health," Margarida Miles added.
They took note that the nearest post office for them would be 1.2 miles south at Loyola Corners in Los Altos. "We're not going to be walking, we're going to be driving," Gary said. According to Google maps, it's a 50 minute round trip on foot, but only six minutes by car.
Elderly folks who live in the Villa Sienna nursing home across the street "probably have PO boxes here," Gary said.
A post office employee said there would be no job losses for the office's staff members, who sort mail and staff the counter at the office, among other duties. They will soon be employed at other locations, including the downtown office, he said.
Residents in the area are being directed to other post offices, including the Moffett Field Post Office at 67 N. Akron Drive and the main Los Altos post office at 221 Main St. There are also several USPS retail centers where packages can be shipped and mailing supplies purchased, including one in the Blossom Valley shopping center and another at 2409 Leghorn St.