De­lays an­tic­i­pated with in­com­ing mail


The clo­sure of the down­town post of­fice is ex­pected to cause de­lays in mail re­ceived by the City of Austin.

The cur­rent down­town sta­tion, 510 Guadalupe St., is sched­uled to close Dec. 27. The new down­town sta­tion at 823 Congress Ave. is not sched­uled to open un­til Jan. 2, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

As a re­sult, the city will not be able to gather mail sent to P.O. Box 1088 for five days. Out­go­ing mail from the city will not be af­fected by this change, of­fi­cials said in the news re­lease.

The U.S. Postal Ser­vice sold the Guadalupe Street site this year to pri­vate de­vel­op­ers.

At­lanta-based No­vare Group and Austin-based An­drews Ur­ban and En­deavor Real Es­tate Group haven’t said what ex­actly they plan to do with the prop­erty.

The new post of­fice, mea­sur­ing 7,118 square feet, will have four full-ser­vice win­dows staffed by postal clerks, ac­cord­ing to Postal Ser­vice spokesman Sam Bolen. It will also house post of­fice boxes for two down­town ZIP codes — 78767 and 78768. Seven or eight em­ploy­ees will be based there.

Un­like the cur­rent fa­cil­ity, there will be no free on-site park­ing, ac­cord­ing to Bolen. Park­ing will be on nearby streets or garages, he said.

The Para­mount The­ater’s Lit­er­acy to Life pro­gram is pre­sent­ing a spe­cial per­for­mance by The Para­mount Story Wranglers at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day. The Story Wranglers — ac­tors and mu­si­cians — will act out sto­ries writ­ten by Austin school district third-grade stu­dents.

The per­for­mance will in­clude works from the jour­nals of stu­dents who have par­tic­i­pated in the Para­mount Academy for the Arts Lit­er­acy to Life Pro­gram since 2008, in­clud­ing stu­dents from Brent- wood, High­land Park, St. Elmo, Al­lan and other ele­men­tary schools.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $8 for adults and $5 for chil­dren un­der 12. For more in­for­ma­tion about the per­for­mance at the Para­mount The­ater,713 Congress Ave., go to http:// www.austinthe­

The Austin An­i­mal Cen­ter is waiv­ing adop­tion fees for all an­i­mals from Fri­day to Sun­day in an at­tempt to find homes for an­i­mals at the over-ca­pac­ity fa­cil­ity.

The shel­ter has ex­pe­ri­enced a ca­pac­ity cri­sis over the last month, with hun­dreds of new an­i­mals en­ter­ing the shel­ter, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The shel­ter faced a deficit of more than 60 cages to house an­i­mals as of Thurs­day.

The spe­cial ap­plies to all an­i­mals at the Austin An­i­mal Cen­ter, 7201 Le­van­der Loop, and to dogs housed at the cen­ter’s over­flow fa­cil­ity Town Lake An­i­mal Cen­ter, 1156 W. Ce­sar Chavez St. The cen­ter will also waive adop­tion fees Satur­day at the Sun­set Val­ley Pets­mart, 5207 Brodie Lane, and Sun­day at the Lake­line Petco, 14010 U.S. 183; Tom­lin­son’s, 4211 South La­mar Blvd.; and Pet­sense, 7900 N. FM 620, Ste. 110.

All pets adopted from the cen­ter and at the off-site lo­ca­tions will be spayed or neutered, vac­ci­nated and will go home with a col­lar, tag and mi­crochip.

The Pflugerville Com­mu­nity Li­brary will host adult craft night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mon­day. Par­tic­i­pants will make their own fes­tive hol­i­day or­na­ments. All ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided, while sup­plies last. The event is free and open to the pub­lic. The li­brary is lo­cated at 102 Tenth St.

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