GOING BYE-BYE: The United States Postal Service is removing a group of mailboxes from outside of its shuttered post office on Fifth Street. The boxes will be gone come Feb. 20. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

GOING BYE-BYE: The United States Postal Service is removing a group of mailboxes from outside of its shuttered post office on Fifth Street. The boxes will be gone come Feb. 20. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

Four mailboxes in front of the old Fifth Street post office building are slated for removal late next month, but don’t fret. Santa Monicans will still have plenty of places to mail a letter to grandma.

The city by the sea has 34 locations served by the blue collection boxes, far more than what is required, said United States Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. Postal regulations call for a mail collection point within every square mile. Santa Monica is approximately 8.3 square miles.

“In addition to these blue collection boxes, most centralized-delivery mailboxes include outgoing mail collection drops, and letter carriers pick up out-going mail on their rounds from businesses and residential customers six days a week,” Maher said. “There are many convenient ways and locations to safely and securely mail a letter these days.”

The mailboxes on Fifth Street are being removed because the old post office was sold in December to SkyDance Productions for $25 million. Maher said since the building is no longer operating as a post office there isn’t a need for six mailboxes. Two will remain in place.

The Postal Service is selling many of its post offices in an effort to close a billion-dollar budget gap.

Santa Monica’s Downtown post office is now located at 1653 Seventh St., adjacent to Olympic Boulevard.

For more information, call the post office at (310) 255-0446.

The Fifth Street mailboxes will be removed Feb. 20.

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