Archive for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Post office moving to 24-40

February 25, 2009

Despite a freeze on construction of new post offices, it appears the post office in Tonganoxie will be getting a new home.

Postmaster Ron Hubbard said the money for the new post office was allocated last year before the construction freeze was announced by John Potter, the postmaster general, earlier this year. Tonganoxie residents should expect to be getting their mail at the new location by the end of the summer.

“It’s gonna go ahead and go,” Hubbard said.

The new post office, which will feature a larger lobby and expanded parking, will be at the southeast corner of Laming Road and Woodfield Drive, north of U.S. Highway 24-40.

Hubbard said the new building would either be 4,000 or 5,000 square feet.

Some preliminary earthwork has already been completed at the site, but no building construction has begun.

Kathy Bard, city clerk, said the building permit for the new post office was approved in October, but it has not yet been picked up by the contractors. Bard also said the building site has not yet been inspected.

The project had been in limbo for some time, as plans at one point were delayed because of a moratorium on any new postal service construction. Plans to move from the downtown area, where the current post office has stood for more than 45 years, also faced opposition from city leaders and the public.

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