Public Comments Sought on Scaled-Down Post Office Location

USPS to discuss relocation plans at Village Board meeting

By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

The U.S. Postal Service needs help in finding a new Cold Spring home.

As they search for the best place for a post office — one smaller than once anticipated — postal authorities want public input. Soon. They also intend to discuss relocation plans at a Feb. 11 Cold Spring Village Board meeting, to take place in the Haldane Central School District music room, which can hold a larger audience than the Village Hall.

Since Jan. 27, following expiration of its lease in quarters next to the Foodtown grocery on Chestnut Street, the Cold Spring post office has used a makeshift trailer at the edge of the shopping plaza.

“We want to move as quickly as possible” into a permanent building, George Flood, a USPS communications-programs specialist told / The Paper Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 4). “Now we’re looking for a smaller space” than before. According to a USPS news release, the post office requires about 900 square feet.

Photo by Michael Turton

The post office trailer in Cold Spring (file photo)

Flood said the new facility would contain individual post-office boxes and the usual counter for mailing letters and packages, selling stamps, and related customer services. But mail-carrier functions, recently transferred to Garrison, would remain there, with the Garrison facility renovated to accommodate them long-term, he added. Flood said that 10516 addresses should get their mail at about the same time of day as before, since the Garrison post office is only a few miles from Cold Spring.

To assist in finding the best place in the village for a post office, the USPS is asking residents to make suggestions — via mail.

“We are committed to working with the community and encouraging everyone to share their comments with us about the post office relocation,” Cold Spring Postmaster Lesley Delamater stated. “Our goal is to find the best available location in Cold Spring for our customers and employees to do business.”

Cold Spring Post Office retail operations moved to the newly installed trailer adjacent to Foodtown on Wednesday (Jan. 29). Postmaster Lesley Delamater, pictured here assisting a customer, said that initial transactions that morning were cash-only, but that by midday computers were up and running, making the facility fully operational.  (Photo by Michael Turton)

Cold Spring Post Office retail operations moved to the newly installed trailer adjacent to Foodtown on Jan. 29 (file photo).

The question of where to put a post office has bedeviled postal officials and the community since mid-2009, when the shopping plaza owner revealed that the grocery intended to expand into the adjacent space when the USPS lease ended. Over the last four years, proposed post office sites have included the inter-governmental complex envisioned as part of a Butterfield Hospital redevelopment, an empty lot at the corner of Marion Avenue and Benedict Road — a location opposed by neighbors, and the VFW building on Kemble Avenue. Initially, before the transfer of carrier work to Garrison, postal authorities expected to need a space 33 percent larger than their building next to Foodtown.

According to the USPS, residents wishing to express their views should — by Feb. 26 — write letters, mentioning the Cold Spring post office by name, to Joseph J. Mulvey, U.S. Postal Service, 2 Congress St., Room 8, Milford, MA, 01757-9998.

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