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Maplewood Post Office Relocation to be Discussed on Tuesday

David Lackey

Friday, August 2, 2013 • 5:36pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The agenda for the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6, will include a discussion of the relocation of the post office within the village.

A statement was issued that reads as follows:

The United States Postal Service (“Postal Service”) is considering relocating the retail services currently provided at the Maplewood Main Post Office located at 160 Maplewood Avenue to a yet to-be-determined new location within the same zip code area.

The present post office property comprises roughly 14,900 square feet of interior space and houses both a retail services post office and a delivery carrier operation. The Postal Service is looking to relocate the entire operation into right-sized space within the same zip code area. The services available to our customers at the present location would continue at the new location. Approximately 8,370 net square feet of space is needed for our operations.

The Postal Service will present this proposal at the August 6, 2013 Maplewood Township Committee Meeting being held at the Police and Court Building located at 1618 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm. At that meeting we will describe the project, invite questions, solicit written comments and describe the process by which community input will be considered. Thereafter, we will make a relocation decision that takes into account the community’s input and is consistent with Postal Service objectives. That relocation decision may then be appealed by any person.

Written comments are being accepted through August 21, 2013. Comments must be in writing, reference this post office by name or location, and be sent to the following address:

Joseph J. Mulvey
U. S. Postal Service
2 Congress Street, Room 8
Milford, MA 01757-9998

It is not necessary to attend the public meeting in order to comment.

The reason behind this proposal is that the Township of Maplewood, owner of the present Maplewood Post Office property, is not renewing the lease for the property and has asked that the post office operations be relocated elsewhere within Maplewood.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for its operations or facilities, and covers these costs solely through the revenue received from the sale of its products and services.

The public portion of the meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Police and Courts Building, 1618 Springfield Ave. (although the township website lists the location as the Municipal Building – will clarify on Monday and update this story and our Calendar of Events).

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