Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2006

New post office slated to open

June 22, 2006

Cramped quarters will soon be a thing of the past for postal employees and customers in Basehor.

The new 5,000-square-foot Basehor post office will open for business Monday at the northeast corner of 155th and Elm streets. And the new building will be quite a change from the old 1,000-square-foot facility just up the street.

Postmaster Jo Rundus said the big move will happen this weekend.

"We'll be open normal business hours on Saturday at the old location," she said. "When we close at noon, we have a day and a half to get moved and set up to open for business on Monday."

The new building will feature a large front hall open 24 hours with mail boxes, a stamp vending machine, scales and two handicap accessible entrances for easier access to post office boxes.

"Some customers don't want the traffic, they just want to come get their mail," Rundus said about the extra entrance for box customers.

Inside the office, customers will enjoy two counters and a large wall full of retail items such boxes, tape, pens and paper. The new office will now be open during the lunch hour and boasts a much larger parking lot than the old building.

"The customers are going to love it," Rundus said. "I can hardly wait to see their faces."

Rundus said post office employees also are excited. With all of the growth in Basehor, the amount of mail coming in has also grown, making the need for a larger workspace urgent.

"A year ago we started a fourth route," Rundus said. "We haven't had room to work the mail. It's just been way overcrowded."

Along with a bigger area to sort mail, employees also will enjoy a large covered loading dock with a hydraulic lift, which was non-existent at the other building.

Notices about the move will be sent to customers in the mail this week. Rundus said this is a dream come true.

"I've been working on this project since I walked in the doors of Basehor about nine years ago," she said. "Come this Monday, it's finally all going to happen."

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