Truckee post offices sets sights on moving
U.S. Postal Service representatives have confirmed their intentions to move Truckee’s two post offices into one new building.
The Town of Truckee recently received a letter stating that the Postal Service could not either stay in, or expand, the downtown office located on Bridge Street and will be seeking out land or a new building to move to.
Seeking between 19,000 and 21,000 square feet of space for a distribution and retail center, the new location would replace both the 3,800 square foot office on Deerfield Drive and the 7,800 square foot office downtown.
But the town, along with the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and the Truckee Downtown Merchants association want more public participation in the process, and a way to maintain some part of the post office downtown.
“We’re going to ask them to hold at least one additional public meeting to address community needs,” said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook. “They consider the brief presentation to council to be their public meeting, but we’d like another meeting for the people to engage.”
Stefanie Olivieri, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, agreed that the brief presentation on Feb. 7 wasn’t enough.
“The federal government can build anywhere they want, but I think this is so important, it’s a central core to the community where you run into your friends and neighbors,” Olivieri said.
One solution offered to keeping a Postal Service presence downtown was a contract unit in a downtown business, but Olivieri said she doesn’t think that would be enough.
Both of the current offices are leased, said Terry James, Truckee’s acting post master.
The next step will be advertising for land or an existing building to move into, she said.
“We have not been asked to participate in another town meeting,” James said. “But we would if we were asked.”
The Postal Service is aiming to have a plan in place for the move by Sept. 30 in order to take advantage of available funding, said Garry Mattox, real estate specialist with the Postal Service on Feb. 7.