April 20, 2014

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Avon to put new post office in city complex

AVON – The city`s municipal campus, which when complete will include a new police station, fire station and City Hall, also will have a brand new post office to replace a smaller inadequate building less than a half mile away, city officials said Tuesday.

The city learned right before Thanksgiving that the U.S Postal Service accepted the city`s proposal to build a new post office on Detroit Road, near state Route 83, Mayor Jim Smith said. The city will build the basic exterior of the structure as well as provide utilities, while the U.S. Postal Service will configure the interior to its own specifications.

Construction of the post office is slated to begin in the spring, close to the time the new police station is scheduled to be completed.

The post office will be located west of the fire station, where a now-vacant brick home sits. The home, which the city purchased in October, will be bulldozed to make room for the new post office, Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said.

The elderly homeowner has already moved from the property into an assisted living facility.

The 8,100-square-foot facility will keep with the early American colonial style architecture that is featured throughout the campus.

“Once complete, we will have fire, police, City Hall and now a post office all over at the same place,” Smith said. “It will be like one-stop shopping for residents.”

Piazza said the Postal Service will enter into a 15-year lease with the city with the option to renew the lease twice in 10 years. The agreement is similar to the one the post office has held for the last 20 years at it current location – a 4,300-square-foot one-story building – that has long since been deemed too little for the growing city.

“We have been asking the U.S. Postal Service for six years to do something with the post office because it`s not working with the way the city is growing,” Piazza said. “The new one will be better for anyone who has to go to the post office or pick up or drop off anything.”

The Postal Service chose building the facility over two other plans, including renovation of the current location.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.