Hamilton Street Business Named USPS Partner To Replace Franklin Blvd. P.O.

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Skylight Logistics, 873 Hamilton St., will provide some postal services in the wake of the May 15 closing of the Franklin Boulevard Post Office.

A Hamilton Street retail shipping business has been chosen by the United State Postal Service for a Village Post Office, a move area residents hope will mitigate the loss of the Franklin Boulevard post office.

Skylight Logistics, 873 Hamilton St., began offering some postal service products last week, according to Kari Osmond, the district director for U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12).

The Franklin Boulevard location is scheduled to close at 4:30 p.m. on May 15. Some of the location’s employees will be transferred to the DeMott Lane post office, according to a USPS spokesman. The building’s lease expires on Aug. 31, the spokesman said.

“Village Post Offices” offer a limited selection of post office services, including selling forever stamps, post office boxes and pre-paid Priority Mail envelopes.

The Rev. DeForest Soaries, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, told an Ad Hoc committee of area residents on April 22 that the Central Jersey Community Development Corp., an affiliate of the church, would apply to the USPS for a VPO, as they are called.

When contacted in a May 12 email by Osmond and told about the Skylight decision, though, Soaries said he would “appropriately welcome and support” Skylight.

The committee had hoped that the USPS would keep the Franklin Boulevard branch open through through the end of August, but USPS decide to stick with its original plan.

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