Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Basehor Post Office looking for new address

July 17, 2003

The Basehor Post Office is set to receive a new address, possibly within the next two years, a U.S. Postal Service representative told the Basehor City Council at its meeting Monday night.

"If all goes well and we get our funding, (Basehor) should have a new post office within 21 to 24 months," said Russ Rainey, a real estate specialist and project manager with the Denver facilities service of the U.S. Postal Service.

The current post office, located downtown, has used the same facility to sort, ship and house the city's mail since 1963. However, with a growing population, the 1,000-square-foot facility is no longer adequate to handle an increase in mail volume, Rainey said Monday night.

"Our need is very simple; you folks live in a growing community," Rainey said. "It's been determined there is a need for a bigger facility."

The new facility should be approximately 5,075 square feet in size and located on a little more than one acre of ground, the project manager added.

Conversations regarding a new Basehor post office began May 28, when postal service employees and city officials met to discuss a possible change in locations. The presentation Monday night was an informational meeting to receive input from city officials as well as the public.

The post office is not a tax-funded entity and competition for funding new facilities is stiff; needs for new facilities are weighed against projects in 14 other states, Rainey said. However, "it's a pretty rare occurrence when we get to this point," he added, emphasizing Basehor's need for a new facility as a high priority.

The postal service has begun the process of finding a new site location. There are three ways a project site moves forward including looking at existing buildings or finding land for a new facility, Rainey said.

The most likely scenario for the city is finding land for a new building, which would then be leased for 20 years with two five-year options, Rainey said.

The postal service has designated boundaries to find a new location within, "a line in the sand if you will," as Rainey said. Those boundaries are: Hickory Street on the north, 147th Street on the east, State Avenue on the south and 158th Street on the west.

The boundary lines, like most of the project, are still preliminary in nature and could be subject to change upon further review, postal representatives said Monday night.

A site selection meeting will take place in coming weeks, but Rainey said wherever the new facility is located will better serve the community.

"We will select what we deem the best site to take care of our needs and those of the city of Basehor," Rainey said.

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