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City commission to weigh in on plans for the demolition, reconstruction of the building

SCREENSHOT: WEST LINN PLANNING DEPARTMENT - Gramor Development plans to demolish the current post office building and construct a new building to be used by USPS or other retailers.SCREENSHOT: WEST LINN PLANNING DEPARTMENT - Gramor Development plans to demolish the current post office building and construct a new building to be used by USPS or other retailers.
It's been more than two years since talks began, but the fate of the West Linn Post Office is still in limbo.

After several extensions, the post office's lease at its location in the West Linn Central Village is set to expire February 2021.

This week, city officials were set to talk with USPS representatives, but the postal service team asked for a postponement. West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod said they are working to reschedule the meeting as soon as possible. Axelrod also said he met with Sen. Jeff Merkely's office Nov. 17 to continue strategizing with the federal delegation.

Meanwhile, post office landlord Gramor Development is waiting for permission from the West Linn Planning Commission to demolish the current post office building and parking lot and construct a new building to be used either as a post office or a different retail space.

The planning commission is set to issue a decision on Gramor's plans Dec. 2.

"With so much time having passed, it is clear that the current parameters are not producing a result, so we urge the USPS to think outside the box in finding a solution," read a recent letter from the City Council to USPS Real Estate Specialist Greg Shelton. "This may include being more creative with site utilization and building design, expending more funds to secure a site/building or, at the very least, investing in a temporary facility in West Linn that can bridge the gap."

Gramor's plans for the new building would have its occupants share a parking lot with Market of Choice.

According to planning documents from Gramor, the developers hope to begin construction on the new building in February. At that time, the West Linn Post Office would relocate to Gladstone or Wilsonville.

If firm plans for a new post office are not secured with USPS by summer 2021, Gramor would pursue other retail options for the building, the documents say.


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