Landlord, USPS restart West Linn post office talks
City of West Linn officials recently met with property owners Gramor Development and representatives from the West Linn Post Office to discuss future possibilities for the post office.
Right now, the post office's lease with Gramor, which was extended twice, is set to expire at the end of the year, at which point retail operations of the West Linn Post Office will move to the Gladstone Post Office, while West Linn mail carriers will operate out of Wilsonville, as USPS officials revealed at June's community meeting.
At the June meeting, representatives from Gramor indicated that it wasn't interested in accommodating the difficult needs and price demands of the post office.
"We wanted a small increase (in rent) and then we were given a brand new lease from the post office with a whole litany of new terms," Gramor President Barry Cain said at the June meeting. "One term was that at the end of the lease, they could hold over indefinitely. We could never terminate the lease. They could stay there as long as they want to and we said, 'No, we can't do that.'"
According to Cain, the postal service refused to budge with their new demands for the lease and then, in the middle of talks, hit Gramor with another new lease agreement with even more terms.
Cain said Gramor likes having the post office in the Central Village and wanted to find a way to keep it there, but negotiating with USPS became impossible.
But the most recent meeting between Gramor and USPS, which West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod members of City staff also attended, may mean the post office's future at the West Linn Central Village will outlive the new year.
The mayor indicated at a recent council meeting that although no decisions were made, there were positive takeaways from the meeting.
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