West Linn Post Office to stay open through May
It's been a rocky couple of years for the West Linn Post Office. The facility, at 5665 Hood St. in the Central Village shopping center, has neared closure a number of times, including facing an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2020.
That date was recently pushed back to May 31, 2020.
Gramor Development, the owner of West Linn Central Village properties, and USPS have discussed the fate of the West Linn Post Office since February 2017, a year and a half before the post office's long-term lease expired. But in that time, Gramor and USPS have been unable to agree upon a long-term contract.
USPS representatives have said they would like more space than the West Linn Post Office currently offers and Gramor has proposed remodel options that would allow the office to expand.
None of these proposals have satisfied USPS, which has searched West Linn for other suitable post office locations with no success.
A USPS representative said at a community meeting in June that the agency would like a one-story 10,000-square-foot building with 65 parking spaces — a footprint of about two acres.
According to the City of West Linn, Gramor and USPS are still talking about a solution to keep the post office in the Central Village while USPS is also working with the City to find an alternative site.
"Unfortunately, a viable alternative with a willing owner has not been identified to date," the City said in a public statement.
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