Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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West Chester post office is looking to move

CHESTER COUNTY

Post office is looking to move

WEST CHESTER The West Chester post office, which for more than a century has operated out of a historic building in the heart of the borough, is looking to move.

Borough Manager Ernie McNeely said that the U.S. Postal Service needs about 1,700 square feet of space, and that its current building at 101 E. Gay St. is nearly 10 times that size. McNeely said the post office plans to lease a smaller space nearby.

There will be no interruption of postal service during the move, according to Malcome Johnstone, executive director of the West Chester Business Improvement District. He said he has been in contact with the state's historic preservation officer and expects the character of the building, built in 1907, will be maintained.

The buyer "will have to take it pretty much as it is," Johnstone said. "And we really don't have any ideas what it might be, but we are definitely going to work with whoever the new properly owner is to explore what the highest and best use of that building will be."

McNeely said the process of selling the current building could take a year or more.

Johnson said comments about the relocation can be directed over the next two weeks to Richard Hancock at richard.a.hancock2@uspa.gov.

- Tricia L. Nadolny

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