Venice residents and supporters will gather Saturday, Feb. 18 for a rally to “save the Venice Post Office” and a storied artwork that graces its lobby.

The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in front of the historic post office building at 1601 Main St. in Venice.

Residents from across Venice, various community groups and local elected leaders including Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Rep. Janice Hahn have united in an effort to preserve the Work Projects Administration-era post office and access to the 1941 “Story of Venice” mural by Edward Biberman. The U.S. Postal Service is planning to close and sell the Main Street structure and relocate retail operations to the carrier annex facility at 313 Grand Blvd., which will be remodeled.

Despite the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission’s denial of an appeal to the project, Venice community members are remaining steadfast in their campaign the ensure that the post office’s historic characteristics, including the Biberman mural, are maintained.

Postal Service officials have stressed that the historic features will be maintained in the event of a sale, and community members are working with officials to ensure such mitigation measures are attached to the building’s deed.

Residents have also created a petition calling for support in the effort to save the post office. The petition is available at: www.change.org/petitions/rep-henry-waxman-save-the-venice-post-office.

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