New Towson-area post office will bear Loch Raven name

March 21, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

What's in a name?

Just ask the residents and workers sandwiched between Towson and Parkville who have suffered a longtime identity crisis as to what to call the community. A neighborhood mission statement even stresses, "It must be seen as an independent area."

Now, the U.S. Postal Service is aiding the cause by christening its newest branch off Cromwell Bridge Road as the Loch Raven post office, rather than designate it an offshoot of the Towson post office on Chesapeake Avenue.

"We thought it would reflect the community and location all in one," said Pat Mank, customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service in the Baltimore area. She said postal officials talked to elected officials and representatives of business and community groups before coming up with the name. "Everyone seemed to agree," Ms. Mank said.

The new branch, which will open by July, will be Gleneagles building at 808 Gleneagles Court in the Towson Industrial Park near the Baltimore Beltway. It replaces the Eudowood post office in Towson Marketplace another casualty of the mall's $20 million renovation.

"We'll close in the morning and move to the new building in the afternoon," said Vernon Popp, manager of the Eudowood branch, which kept the previous name of the shopping center there.

The relocation will offer more parking, with 42 customer spaces, and other amenities, including a postal store with mailing and philatelic products. "The window clerks will have special training," Ms. Mank said. "They'll be more like store salespersons."

Bill Pumphrey, who has lived in nearby Knettishall for 40 years, isn't worried about the change. "The parking over at Eudowood is very difficult and always crowded," he said.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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