Bloomington residents will soon have to take a different route to get to the downtown post office. The Fourth Street location is moving to the former Ponderosa building at 520 South Walnut Street. The Postal Service’s Communications Program Specialist Kim Yates says this location will offer the same services but will be smaller because the mail trucks will not be kept there.
“Actually the letter carriers that are at the current location are moving out to the annex on Vernal Pike so the space requirements were much less,” Yates said. “We just need retail space which would be a counter, you know the counter space the customers approach when they do postal business as well as space for post office boxes.”
Yates says the Postal Service has been wanting to relocate for several years. The original plan was to construct a new building but then their funds were frozen and they were forced to lease the Ponderosa property.
“What will happen now is to finalize the lease and then construction will begin and we expect occupancy to take place sometime next summer,” Yates said.
The current building on Fourth Street is owned by First United Methodist Church. Senior Pastor George Purnell says they won’t be making changes to the building until summer of 2011 but he wants to tear it down and build a landscaped parking lot.