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Work is underway at the new site in Cascade Summit as well as the former post office site in the Central Village

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - On the backside of the new post office, crews are working to build new truck loading ramps. Work is underway at the site of West Linn's new post office in the Cascade Summit shopping plaza, but the new site won't be open in time for the holiday season.

The city of West Linn issued an update on the post office last week, stating "materials shortages are affecting how quickly the work can be done. We are hopeful for an early 2022 opening."

The city stated that the remodel of the building's interior will begin soon and work is already underway on the back parking lot, where crews are working on new truck loading ramps.

What's going on at the old site?

Crews have reconfigured part of the parking lot at Market of Choice. When work is complete, the grocery store will have 31 additional parking spaces, according to Barry Cain, President of Gramor Development, which owns the Central Village shopping center.

"The whole setup was a little awkward for a grocery store, especially for one as busy as Market of Choice. This will help them a lot and make it easier for customers to go to Market of Choice, get in and get parked," Cain said in a prior interview with Pamplin Media Group. "I think it will be really good for the center and Market of Choice."

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Gramor Development is reconfiguring the parking lot at Market of Choice as part of the construction project at the former post office site. Gramor tore down the old post office building, as Cain said the space was not a good fit for retail. He said his company was still thinking about what types of businesses may go in the four new spots once the new building is constructed.

Most likely, new businesses will be similar to what's already in the shopping center: small food service businesses, shops or possibly a fitness center. Opening for these new businesses is likely still a couple years out.

Corey Buchanan contributed to this story.


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