EATONTOWN: The closure of the US Postal Service’s Monmouth Processing and Distribution Center in the borough is coming soon after its demise was announced nearly 3 years ago.
“As you know the regional post office in our industrial park is closing,” Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo said during the May 28 Eatontown Council meeting. “The federal government is moving that function out to Trenton, so that facility is about ready to be closed.”
Tarantolo said he received a letter from the US Postal Service stating that the 121,000-square-foot building, located at 307 Industrial Way West, will be closing soon and that the mayor and council and public can comment on it. He said he will write a letter on behalf of the borough stating his “disappointment” with the “couple hundred” jobs that will be lost as a result of the closure.
“They had a significant number of people working down there and they’ve been downsizing for the last three years,” he said. “Interesting enough that some of the functions that they were doing there were moved to the West Long Branch Post Office.”
US Postal Service Spokesman Ray Daiutolo has said there is still a “small amount” of employees working at the facility to handle bulk mail operations. The facility was one of 140 facilities that had its mail processing operations consolidated in 2012 in a cost-cutting move by the US Postal Service.
Tarantolo said some of the employees have been reassigned, while others will be forced to retire and or be laid off.
“It’s not a good situation, especially after the closing of Fort Monmouth,” Tarantolo said.
He said the only positive side of the facility’s closure is that a new, tax-paying tenant could move into the space in the future.
“We have 121,000 square feet feet of office space that we are not collecting any taxes on, so eventually if that building is sold or divided up by some developer, it will at least generate some taxes,” he said.