Postal Service accepting any reasonable offer in Truckee
April 13, 2008
The U.S. Postal Service has announced more opportunities for public input in the planned Truckee post office move, but still says it won’t be staying downtown.
The Postal Service is looking for a new building sized between 19,000 and 21,000 square feet, or between 2.5 and 3.5 acres of land, to replace both the downtown office and the Deerfield Drive office.
As the April 18 deadline for proposals approaches however, officials say they will consider offers that don’t fall within that criteria.
“Staying downtown doesn’t look like something we can do at this point ” we’ve looked at all the land and facilities and we’re pretty sure,” said Teresa Rudkin, spokeswoman for the Postal Service. “When we are in a new place we can then look and see if a business would be willing to become a contract unit downtown.”
A contract unit could sell stamps and other Postal Service goods, and act as a drop-off point for mail, but couldn’t have PO boxes for pick-up, Rudkin said.
Despite the Postal Service’s thoughts on downtown, the new communications and flexibility in the Postal Service’s request have some members of the community more optimistic.
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“I think their willingness to consider all offers ” even if they don’t meet their criteria ” shows they are willing to work with us, work outside the box and be creative.
That’s the way things work in Truckee,” said Lynn Saunders, president and chief executive officer of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.
Still, maintaining some type of downtown presence would be important, she said.
“It’s pretty well documented the importance of a post office to the economy and the town center in general,” Saunders said.
She said the contract-type unit downtown could help keep people coming downtown.
“A contract unit could have great potential,” she said.
When the Postal Service consolidates a list of potential sites, Rudkin said the agency will ask the town to consider the pros and cons of each of the sites, then open up a public comment period and potentially hold a public meeting.
“Once we see which ones are possible, we will then go back to the city government to see what they think of them,” Rudkin said.