New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell is appealing the United States Postal Service's decision to relocate the downtown post office to a storefront instead of keeping it at it's historic location.

Mitchell writes he believes the move is "unwise, short-sighted, and potentially disruptive to the strong resurgence of activity that New Bedford's downtown has enjoyed over the past several years."

Attached to the letter was a petition signed by citizens expressing their opposition to the plan.

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, and Congressman William Keating have co-signed a letter urging the Postal Service to reverse the decision.

The USPS says the Pleasant Street location is too large for the down-sized services provided there, and is opting to lease the building.