Postal service extended in Westminster

July 15, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The U.S. Postal Service will continue retail service at the downtown Westminster post office for at least 30 days while a national brokerage firm tries to sell the building, officials said yesterday.

One window at the 70-year-old Main Street post office will remain open, staffed by postal employees, as operations are moved to a new facility in Englar Business Park, said Donna Gouldin, a retail specialist for the U.S. Postal Service.

The facility had been scheduled to close Saturday.

"In light of your community's needs, we're going to continue service during the transition period," Gouldin said.

The extension of service downtown will not change the moving date for post office boxes. The boxes will be moved to the new 35,000-square-foot building on Woodward Road on Saturday, and the facility will open at 8 a.m. Monday.

The $2.7 million replacement building is expected to eliminate inconvenience at the Main Street site. Long lines and lack of parking prompted Postmaster Kathleen Schultz to extend service hours two months ago. Postal officials have committed to continue retail service at the Main Street post office for 30 to 60 days.

During that time, postal officials and R. Douglas Mathias, executive director of Greater Westminster Development Corp., will review proposals from businesses seeking to operate the retail service on a contract basis.

"We received three bids in December," said Mathias, who heads a committee to keep postal service downtown. "Two of them proposed running the retail service out of existing businesses. The third proposed using the old post office site."

Mathias would not name the bidders.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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