Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Postal Service informs city of preferred site

City officials encouraged by possible location of new Basehor Post Office

May 13, 2004

After months of reviewing proposed sites, the United States Postal Service has announced its location preference for a new facility in Basehor.

The site is a two-acre tract at the northwest corner of 155th and Elm streets, just south of the current post office in downtown Basehor. Postal service representatives informed Basehor city officials April 29 of the site selection.

Basehor city officials have 30 days to appeal the selection. However, it appears officials will not dispute the choice; in December of last year, the Basehor City Council agreed that a downtown location would be an ideal spot for the new facility.

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said he hasn't heard anything different from City Council members.

"I think everybody is in agreement that would be a great place for it," Fuqua said.

The 87,500-square-foot site would be located within the center of the city's boundaries and provide a compliment to the city's downtown concept. City Council members and city staff are currently working on plans to develop a downtown district near areas along 155th Street.

Postal service representatives considered four sites -- until April's announcement, none of the sites was disclosed publicly -- for a new Basehor facility.

In a letter to the city, Russ Rainey, a real estate specialist and project manager with the Denver facilities office, said the location will offer both customers and employees a high-level facility.

"We believe this new site will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and a level of service expected by our customers."

Rainey could not be reached for further comment.

John Bonee, a local developer and member of the Basehor City Council, owns the property sought by the postal service.

He said the post office is searching for a long-term lease of the facility, somewhere around 20 years, and wants a building that encompasses between 5,200 and 5,400 square feet.

If the postal service moves forward with the site at 155th and Elm streets, the project would be let for bidding.

It would entail a developer buying the property, constructing the building and then leasing it to the post office.

The current Basehor Post Office, 2636 N. 155th Street, a 1,000-square-foot building, has been in the same location since 1963.

Postal service representatives said the facility is no longer adequate to handle an increase in mail volume.

Officials have not released a timeline for when the bidding will take place or when construction would begin.

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