Bloomington’s downtown post office is moving to another location. The owners of the current location at the corner of fourth and Washington streets are making plans for the land.
Contractors are working to open the new post office on Walnut Street by October 11. Bloomington Postmaster Ed Royce says only essential components for the new building will be moved.
Everything else will be left for Bloomington’s First United Methodist Church to renovate. “There has not been a great deal of maintenance on it because it’s a building that’s going to be returned back to its original owners,” Royce said.
The building project has been in the works for ten years. “So a lot of maintenance was not there. The effort and the entire inventory were put into the new building so the other building is just going to kind of fade away,” he said.
First United Lead Pastor Mark Fenstermacher says the old post office will be turned into senior housing and retail space congruent with the church’s values. “The first thing that is driving us is to be a good neighbor to downtown Bloomington,” he said.
Fenstermacher does not know when the project will be complete, but says he does not want to turn the space into another downtown building which caters primarily to students.
“The second thing that is going to be important to us is that there either is going to be parking enough for us and or hopefully some kind of revenue stream that can help us do other ministries,” Fenstermacher said.
Contractor negotiations are in the process for the property.