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April 12, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux & Senator Ossoff Urge Postmaster General DeJoy To Fix Decrepit Lawrenceville Post Office

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) and Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff urged USPS Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy to resolve a score of issues plaguing the United States Post Office located at 121 E. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. The facility is in poor physical condition and is in violation of nearly 30 local building and safety codes, including structural damage, a deteriorating roof, unsightly landscaping and more.  

 “Lawrenceville city leaders have communicated these violations directly to the post office, but have yet to receive any meaningful response or action taken to address the vast majority of these issues,” said Rep. Bourdeaux and Senator Ossoff in the letter. “The post office is located in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville, which has experienced rapid growth and development in recent years, but the facility has not been kept up to code and has avoided municipal fines since it falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government.”

“The Postal Service has been completely unwilling to take concrete steps to restore the Lawrenceville Post Office to working order,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “My constituents depend on USPS and deserve a safe and reliable local office that meets their needs and adds to the community.”

The facility’s poor condition is well known to the community and the Lawrenceville city leaders. Early this year, local leaders communicated these violations directly to the post office, but have yet to receive any meaningful response or action taken to address the vast majority of these issues. The post office is located in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville and has become both an eyesore and a danger to the community. 

Read the letter below. See the letter here.

April 8, 2022

The Honorable Louis DeJoy

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

United States Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W.

Room 10804

Washington, D.C. 20260

Dear Postmaster Louis DeJoy,

We are writing to express our concern over the poor physical condition of the United States Post Office located at 121 E. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville, Georgia (PIN5146A071). The building is located in the county seat of the second largest county in Georgia and has become an eyesore and safety hazard in a part of town that is rapidly growing. We strongly request that the USPS take immediate steps to remedy the situation. 

In July 2021, the City of Lawrenceville Planning and Development Department investigated the facility and found the property in violation of nearly 30 local code violations. These violations range from lack of maintenance to the building’s deteriorating roof structure, landscaping, and more. These violations risk not only the safety of the employees but also the hundreds of local residents that visit the facility on a regular basis. Attached to this letter is the city of Lawrenceville’s official written notice of violation. This document lists each of the violations and includes images to accompany them.

Lawrenceville city leaders have communicated these violations directly to the post office, but have yet to receive any meaningful response or action taken to address the vast majority of these issues. The post office is located in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville, which has experienced rapid growth and development in recent years, but the facility has not been kept up to code and has avoided municipal fines since it falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. 

As such, we request that the United States Postal Service review the attached information and either address the code violations as outlined by the city of Lawrenceville or consider relocating the post office to a new facility that conforms to local code. 

Please feel free to contact our staffs or the City of Lawrenceville should you have any questions or concerns related to the matter.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Bourdeaux

Member of Congress

Jon Ossoff

U.S. Senator

CC:

Jacqueline Krage Strako, Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service

Benjamin P. Kuo, Vice President of Facilities, United States Postal Service

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.