With lease nearly up, future of WL post office still unclear
After nearly two years of negotiations, short-term lease extensions and robust input from the community, Gramor Development and the United States Postal Service have not yet etched out a permanent solution for the West Linn Post Office.
The two parties have nearly reached an agreement to extend the post office lease through the end of the year, according to Gramor Vice President Matt Grady. Currently, the lease is set to expire in October.
At a virtual meeting of the West Linn City Council Monday, July 20, Grady updated city officials on the current status of the post office
Grady said that although Gramor and the USPS real estate office have neared an agreement on a lease extension through 2020, the lease must be approved at various levels within the postal service.
After discussions with USPS and proposals from Gramor to accommodate as many of the postal service's demands at the current site as possible, Grady expressed frustration with the post office's apparent inability to find a solution.
He said Gramor would like to move forward with other plans for the post office property next year if conversations with USPS don't progress.
"There's a big disconnect between the nice people that work in the post office and the people in the real estate office (of USPS)," Grady said.
After many discussions with Gramor, USPS agreed to split the operations of the post office at two separate buildings, if necessary. Under this plan, there would be a retail space for customers and a larger operations facility, Grady explained.
To accommodate all postal services in one building, USPS says it needs a one-story, 10,000-square-foot building with at least 65 parking spaces — a total of about two acres.
Councilors debated whether or not citizens would be comfortable with having postal services split between two buildings and proposed a community survey to answer their questions.
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