Proposed site of post office gets complaints

May 24, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

A proposal to put the new Mount Airy post office at the northwest corner of Route 27 and Park Avenue drew opposition last night from residents of nearby townhouses.

"I agree we do need a new post office but this is a real poor location," Sandee Parrish told the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission.

"I hate to see a residential area turn into a Safeway parking lot," said Ms. Parrish, who lives in the Windy Knoll development, which would be adjacent to the proposed post office.

Other residents expressed concern about traffic congestion on Park Avenue and noise from postal service trucks, which will pick up and deliver mail five times a day, starting as early as 4:30 a.m.

Sam Eisenberg, an architect with the U.S. Postal Service Facilities Office, said the site at Route 27 and Park Avenue was selected after a 14-year search.

"There are very few sites of 2-plus acres where we can put a post office," Mr. Eisenberg said.

Mr. Eisenberg said the postal service would work with the town in planning the new post office. For example, the preliminary sketch shows a landscape buffer separating the post office from the Windy Knoll homes.

Since 1980, the Mount Airy Post Office has been in a storefront site at the Mount Airy Shopping Center, but that has become too small to handle Mount Airy's mail volume.

The new site is owned by Frall Developers.

Mr. Stone said Frall Developers has granted the postal service an assignable option to purchase the site.

In the meantime, the postal service will consider applicants who want to buy the land at the option price and build on the site.

The postal service will then enter into a long-term lease with the owner.

The agreement will include a provision allowing the postal service the option to purchase the property at certain agreed-upon times.

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