PARK IT: A man leaves the post office on Seventh Street on Thursday afternoon. More parking is in the works for the facility. (Daniel Archuleta

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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