Neighbors in the National Zoo neighborhood are freaking out over losing their local post office

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced the closure of its Rock Creek Post Office, an unusual development for a historic neighborhood that’s also home to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the National Arboretum.

The closure is expected to affect up to 200 workers, and the neighborhood is scrambling to figure out what will replace the post office, the final branch in the metro area to close after it relocated to Virginia two years ago.

The Arboretum and the National Zoo are included in the closure. Construction on a permanent home for the Postal Service’s Aesop Flats post office, built in 1954, is underway.

It’s unclear if and when the sidewalk will be closed.

Arlington County spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said construction is only planned on the sidewalk and no other access to the street. So pedestrians should not expect to see this experiment, though what’s going on there has people scratching their heads and turning a little red.

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