Second meeting to discuss relocation of Columbia post office set for April 27

Patrons complained they didn't get proper notice

March 23, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Moved by patrons' complaints, U.S. Postal Service officials have scheduled a second public meeting April 27 to discuss moving the west Columbia post office from the Town Center lakefront to The Mall at Columbia nearby.

"What we heard is that folks didn't feel there was adequate notice," said David Lewin, spokesman for the post office. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the main Columbia post office on Oak Hall Lane off Oakland Mills Road in east Columbia.

Nine people attended a meeting there Tuesday night to voice complaints about the planned move, but several also said they received late notice of the meeting or learned about it by accident.

Several people receive business mail in post office boxes at the 2,100-square-foot retail office in the lobby of the American Cities Building on Wincopin Circle, and they complained that a location near Bun Penny in the mall would be less convenient.

Postal officials said they like the mall idea because an office there would be larger, more accessible to the disabled and more visible.

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