Westminster officials to seek downtown postal operation City would like to keep stamp sales at facility

July 10, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

City officials will meet next week with U.S. Postal Service representatives to discuss the future of the downtown Westminster post office, which is scheduled to close on July 18.

"We're meeting to see what's going to happen with that building," said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works. "We'd like to see some retail, like the sale of stamps, continue at that site."

R. Douglas Mathias, executive director of the Greater Westminster Development Corp., has received several proposals to operate the retail service on a contract basis. Mathias is head of a committee to keep postal service downtown.

Customers of the Westminster post office received fliers yesterday announcing the closure of the 70-year-old Main Street post office, effective July 18.

Window service is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. July 20 at the new post office in the Englar Business Park on Woodward Road. Postal officials have said the move should be "seamless."

The new 35,000-square-foot building is expected to eliminate some inconveniences faced by postal customers at the Main Street site. Lack of parking and long lines prompted Postmaster Kathleen Schultz to extend service hours two months ago.

The Main Street post office was supposed to close several months ago, but problems with the contractor hired to build the new facility delayed the move, postal officials have said.

According to Warren Walker, manager of design and construction for the Postal Service, the original contractor, Charles J. Frank of Hunt Valley, failed to complete 245 items. Frank has said the $2.7 million building was completed in October.

Biscayne Contractors Inc. of Forestville in Prince George's County began work on the new facility in June after Frank was fired.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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