SEVENTH STREET — The Downtown Santa Monica Post Office customer parking lot is now open, a spokesman for the United States Postal Service said Friday.

A temporary banner-sign has been installed until permanent signage is in place.

There are 20 customer parking spaces in the lot, including a handicap spot.

Residents and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) recently complained about the current configuration of street parking, which users said is dangerous.

The parking spaces are perpendicular to the sidewalk and a bike lane prevents drivers from pulling all the way up to the curb, patrons said. The orientation of the spaces also requires drivers to pull out across a double yellow line into northbound traffic.

At the end of June 2013 the postal service shuttered the historic Fifth Street post office and sold it to a movie production house for $25 million in an effort to close a multi-billion-dollar budget gap.

The new facility has roughly 40 on-street metered parking space, which is more than at the old location, but patrons still complained about the configuration and requested on-site parking.


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