Invites written comment before final decision
By Kevin E. Foley
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has determined that there are four potential new locations for what it describes as a “Cold Spring retail services post office.”
Currently the village post office is housed in a temporary trailer adjacent to the Foodtown supermarket building where it has operated for the past year after losing its lease in the Foodtown expansion.
The USPS has moved its back office operations for mail delivery and bulk shipments to the Garrison post office on Route 9D where it appears they will remain.
In a letter dated Feb. 2 addressed to Mayor Ralph Falloon, Joseph Mulvey, a USPS real estate specialist based in Milford, Massachusetts, informed the mayor that his agency is considering four possibilities for a new village location.
The possible sites (shown below) include:
- The old VFW building at 34 Kemble Ave. recently sold by the town government to a private owner;
- A building at 159 Main St., which currently houses the Powers and Haar insurance agency;
- Expansion of the existing post office site, which would require a new temporary site proposed for the empty lot at the corner of Benedict Road and Marion Avenue right behind the trailer;
- A site that would involve new construction at the corner of Chestnut Street (Route 9D) and Paulding Avenue, which would presumably place a new building on the site of the proposed Butterfield development. (There is another such intersection opposite St. Mary’s church.) Federal law exempts the USPS from state and local building regulations, setting up a potential issue over the final approval of current site plans.
According to Mulvey’s letter: “No decision to select a site will be made for a minimum of 30 days. Any member of the community or your office may offer written comments on any of these properties within this time frame.” The comments are to be mailed to Mulvey in Massachusetts. His address is 2 Congress St., Room 8, Milford, MA 01757.
The village trustees and the mayor are expected to take up the letter at their meeting Tuesday night (Feb. 10) at the Village Hall.