The U-S Postal Service is not backing away from its decision to close the Downtown Post Office on Pleasant St. in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell had appealed the decision in May, claiming the Post Office was an historic building, named after retired federal Judge George Leighton, who is a New Bedford native, and was an important part of the daily life in the Downtown.

However,  Vice President of Postal Facilities, Thomas Samra, says he has no intention of setting aside the Postal Services' initial decision . Samra says the Pleasant Street building is too big for the work being done there.

The Postal Service plans to close the building and either leased or sell it, and the day-to-day business of the Post Office would be relocated to a storefront Downtown.