The U.S. Postal Service Has Decided to Shutter Dallas's Main Processing Center After All

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We've known for months that the United State Post Office might shutter the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center on IH30; the USPS has been talking about doing it since, oh, 2009, for that matter. But today it's official: The postal service has announced that it's moving the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center's operations over to Fort Worth. And once that's done, says the release, "the mail processing operation of the Dallas P&DC will cease." From the release:
All outgoing, or originating mail-processing operations now handled at the Fort Worth P&DC will be moved to the North Texas P&DC; however, the Fort Worth P&DC will continue to process mail destined for delivery in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The Fort Worth P&DC will handle destinating, or incoming mail for 3-digit ZIP code areas 760, 761 and 764, as well as 751, 752 and 753, mail previously handled at the Dallas P&DC. In addition to 750 and 754 mail, the North Texas P&DC will now handle incoming mail for 762 and 763 ZIP areas currently processed at the Fort Worth P&DC.

There will be no change to the retail units, Post Office box operations, passport acceptance units, business mail entry units, and vehicle maintenance facilities currently located at the Dallas P&DC and the Fort Worth P&DC.
That's but the sole closure in Dallas on the list released today; as you may recall, other facilities were also under consideration for shuttering, which is why Mayor Mike Rawlings and Vonciel Jones Hill sent Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe a missive begging him to keep those outposts open -- because, they said, they didn't want to see those jobs disappear, and because "we are concerned about the loss of the Dallas postmark due to the potential closures." Calls are out to USPS and city officials. Updates forthcoming.

Update at 4 p.m.: The reactions to the USPS's announcement are beginning to roll in. The first one's from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who's not happy, not one bit. Says he in his official statement:
"We are not happy and this is not done. The U. S Postal Service's plan to consolidate operations between Dallas and Fort Worth is poorly designed and could result in a deterioration of services in Dallas County as well as the loss of HUNDREDS of jobs. I oppose this consolidation because it's bad for Dallas County and bad for the region. We will continue to meet with our leaders in Washington and postal service officials to urge them to fight for the full operational vitality of this postal plant."
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Welcome to 2012
Welcome to 2012

Boo hoo... it is only the processing center, the post office will still function there. The idea of consolidation worked with the airport serving Dallas and Ft Worth and since everyone is paying bills online, emailing, twittering, texting, no wonder the post service shrinks. Get a grip. Deal with it. Jusrt because your a county judge don't mean diddley when it comes to the almight post office.

BIG GEORGE
BIG GEORGE

Postal Services receive NO Goverment Funds........NOT ANY

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

CLOSE 'EM ALL!

THE POST OFFICE SUCKS!

Maybe if they could deliver mail to existing business addresses printed by computer, on paper, instead of returning the envelope marked "NO SUCH ADDRESS" then I would still send invoices by mail, instead of email.

I did at least get my refund for an EXPRESS MAIL overnight envelope that took 2 days deliver because they let it age in Coppell for 32 hours first.

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

I'm sorry for being stupid, but I'm confused.  Where is the North Texas PD&C?  And the article is about Dallas PD&C closing and operations moving to Ft. Worth, but then what does "All outgoing, or originating mail-processing operations now handled at the Fort Worth P&DC will be moved to the North Texas P&DC" mean?

help??  I'm a 750 zip, where will my mail come from?

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Wonderful, my mail will come from Fort Worth!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

no one will even notice the p&dc is gone.  Your mail will still arrive the same as it does today.  As for the loss of jobs, Dallas is losing jobs but not people.  They even said every employee will have the option of transferring to Ft Worth or Coppell.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Just out of curiosity, what does his "happy face" look like?

Geotransit
Geotransit

Let's see, drive in movie theater, recycled building materials store, bicycle manufacturer, solar panel plant, wind farm and Dallas'first school of art and design

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

The postal service's job is to deliver the mail.  It is NOT a jobs program for Dallas.  If the mail still gets delivered, then that should be the primary goal.  The USPS is losing money and should have the right to run their operation as best as possible without interference from some self interested politicians.

If Clay Jenkins is so worried about jobs, then he needs to get his boss John Wiley Price to stop shaking down the Inland Port Project and help that project.  That project would have generated many more jobs that the USPS facility has now.  That applies to the other so called "leaders" in Dallas.

Vacationquest2012
Vacationquest2012

I need more information to comments about it.But  thanks for sharing.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

This thing has been in the works for couple of years.I attended two meeting, and I knew it was a done deal when one of the woman from Post Office ,did not know what Fiesta Food Market was.Mike Rawlings and Vonciel don't carry enough weight to make things happen nor Clay Jenkins.When Congress pass the law, and forced the Postal service to pay years of health insurance in advance, where were they then.Postal Service cannot keep these buildings open and everyone has moved to Suburbs.Same reason schools are closing people are searching for better quality of life and think they have found it in Suburbs.Dallas stop your people from moving away,fix your streets,stop playing games with Tax payers.Stop calling hole in ground retaining pond. Do something right other than bridges and deck parks for the rich and famous DownTown.

Datbeez Rayciss
Datbeez Rayciss

What will all the sullen and lazy black people who work there do?

Who will care?
Who will care?

At first, I thought "oh, no!' and "they can't do this!" and "this is awful!"  Then I realized that if they close the Dallas center, it really will make anything the post office does irrelevant. So we don't have a Dallas post mark. Who will care once it's gone? No one. So we won't have overnight mail. We'll just do more and send more on line. I think there's been a real shift in the last two years regarding using email for correspondence such as replies for wedding invitations and thank you notes. At the end of the day, it just doesn't matter, (except for jobs lost.)

Willie
Willie

Everyone cries about inefficiencies and costs, but when something is done about it we hear the  cries of "but not in my backyard!"  It's not a zero-sum game, crybabies, so get over it.

Bjohnston
Bjohnston

It's confusing. Are they closing the operation or the facility?

It sounds as if the post office will still operate and the proceeding center will move.

Kim Mercialize
Kim Mercialize

 I think they have plans for a Walmart and a Taco Bueno/In&Out Burger to be built there.

Mike
Mike

USPS is a business. We have to let them rationalize the factories or we will pay out billions in losses and then still lose the site.

How does our County Judge know it was poorly planned? Did Commissioner Price tell him? That is good enough, I guess.

Ienblack
Ienblack

Why wouldn't you move operations from fort worth to Dallas. Shouldn't distribution centers be in a actual city? ;)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Anything that keeps the USPS from spewing money like an open wound has got to be done.

And didn't they state before that the employees would be transferred to other USPS facilities if they did decide to shut this facility, therefore only moving and not losing HUNDREDS of jobs?

cooperkoch
cooperkoch

As a Kessler Park resident, I'm happy about this news. That property could be so much more than it is...and potentially create more jobs than would be lost by USPS.

Livable Perspective
Livable Perspective

Awesome. Now people in Fort Worth can clam they have TWO things that Dallas doesn't: A Postal Processing Center and Sundance Square

I'm quivering with envy

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

First Wilonsky leaving the Observer and now this? Here's to hoping noone goes postal over one of these two situations.

dk
dk

The North Texas PD&C is in Coppell.  Your mail will continue to come from your post office. The regional centers process mail as it heads between local post offices. 

Porkistanis_suck
Porkistanis_suck

Unless you collect your mail directly from outside the P&DC center...it'll still come from Dallas clown

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

First I agree with all of your points BUT A POST OFFICE is a Highly Charged Political DEAL.

And it is a JOBS program.It is about the JOBS  FED GOV MONEY JOBS.....The kind of JOBS that One Planted they should go on and on and on.They shouldn't go away.These are the  kind of JOBS that require little if any nurturing.

As wrong as that may seem tom "US " It is a fact of life

Think about it How screwed up are other things are in this town if it hasn't got the POLITICAL CLOUT to even keep  the Main Frigging POST OFFICE open ?

 

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Hey REP Pete Sessions and The Dallas delegation aren't these  the things a Congressional rep is supposed to keep open ?

RTGolden
RTGolden

It's a prime location for another recycling plant

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

Clay Jenkins does his planning after John Wiley Price tells him what to do, how to do it, and when to shut his mouth.   

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

They probably picked the better and most efficient facility and Dallas lost.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

WARNING--POLITICALLY INCORRECT STATEMENT AHEAD--read at your own risk

I support them moving them other places with the caveat that the ones with english as their first language get preferential treatment.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Would love to see this replaced by a nicely planned residential community. I vote for Kessler Park North.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

The question is, will the timing change? Meaning the days that it takes to get to my house. It already takes 5 days for mail to get from the Valley to Dallas, then back. They were thinking even to close the McAllen Center which means that Valley mail would come from Corpus Christi and would take longer. Sorry, my folks still do it the old school way by using Money Orders and mailing bills.

Vwils
Vwils

Sorry Oak Cliff my reply was intended for scruffy below. I agree with you.

Vwils
Vwils

The Postal Service is not federaly funded. It is funded by stamp sales. Check your facts.

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

I disagree with your notion that federal jobs should go on and on.  You talk of federal money like it is some outside pile of money - it is not.  These are OUR tax dollars that you are talking about.  I as a taxpayer expect the government to use these tax dollars as effectively and as efficiently as possible.  So I expect the USPS to do whatever they need to do while delivering the service.

There are many government agencies that existed in the past that were no longer needed.  Because of technology or changing times, different federal agencies have changed and disappeared.  If the USPS doesn't change with the times, it will be bankrupt. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Get back to us after you take a look at the USPS's financial situation. And then remember that they are federally funded. And after that look at projections for revenues and delivered mail. And go back to the part where it's federally funded.

THEN you can whine about a process facility in Dallas being shuttered. We all pay for the postal service--as a taxpayer I want them to either break even or fix the damn system.

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

Again, the USPS is NOT a jobs program - it is the deliver our mail.  They should be able to do it in the most efficient manner possible without politicians sticking their self interested nose in.

cooperkoch
cooperkoch

I'd prefer to see more retail, restaurant, amenities, etc. (Hey, maybe something with a post office built into it!)

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

That's the same thing I tell my wife after 5 minutes of love making. The next nap I take will be in your honor.

Porkistanis_suck
Porkistanis_suck

The Valley aka North Mexico sucks ass...just wanted to put that out there!

EDM
EDM

It depends on how you define "effectively and effciently".  Look at the cost of sending a large envelope via first class mail anywhere in the US and compare that price to what FedEx, UPS, or DHL charge to deliver the same envelope.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

It is Bankrupt . BTW  For Claiming to be watching Detroit You seem to ignorant of cronyism payola graft and corruption Which is how things work ..

Mcovarrubias49
Mcovarrubias49

The post office is like any other business. Taxpayers do not pay our salary. In fact the stamps people buy pay our salary. People do not send mail like they used to....therefore we lose money. It is like any other business but the fed regulates us.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

I say turn it into permanent supportive housing, can't have too much of that in any place that isn't north Dallas.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

And my next moan and groan session will be because I already miss you.  I'll roll over to the daily rag though - every once in a while.

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