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Post Office Damaged In WTC Collapse Reopens

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A post office heavily damaged in the World Trade Center attack finally reopened Monday.

The 67-year-old facility is located at 90 Church Street, right across the street from the World Trade Center site.

The repairs included gutting the interior walls, replacing more than 800 windows and restoring the marble lobby. New equipment, such as automated postal centers, has also been installed.


NY1's Michael Scotto has the details in the following report.

The Church Street Post Office stands right across the street from the World Trade Center site. After almost three years of being shut down, it finally reopened to the neighborhood Monday.

“I’m very happy to have this post office reopened,” said Laurie Weltz, one of the first customers. “I missed it a lot. It’s a real pain to have to go to a different post office when you live in this neighborhood.”

Residents were back today, waiting in line to buy stamps and send off packages.

But it took a lot to return this 67-year-old building to its original splendor after it was severely damaged on 9/11. Over the last three years, crews have installed 800 new windows, cleaned up layers of dust, and replaced all of the equipment destroyed when the World Trade Center collapsed.

The reopening, some say, is a sign the neighborhood is also starting to turn around.

“We’re actually now starting to return to normalcy and getting everything back to the regular routine,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Gary Ferrari.

After the attacks, mail carriers were transferred to the Farley Post Office, and processors were sent to the Morgan Facility in Midtown. Residents were forced to use other downtown post offices, including ones on Canal Street, Bowling Green and Peck Slip.

For those who live right near the World Trade Center site, going to the other post offices was a hassle.

“It takes a lot of time out of the day, so I really, really missed this post office,” said one area resident.

While the post office is open for business right now, there will be a former rededication ceremony, complete with a ribbon cutting, on August 19th.

- Michael Scotto
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