Work on a new downtown post office is nearing completion with the announcement of an opening date expected soon, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Contractors are still working on the facility at 628 State St. across from Circus Square Park.
“Construction on the new Bowling Green Post Office is nearing completion,” according to an email from Susan Wright of the U.S. Postal Service communications department. “The Postal Service will make an announcement on the date for the opening in the very near future.”
The new post office will culminate a process spanning several years. The current downtown post office at 311 E. 11th Ave. was sold in 2016 to developer Tim Poston.
At that time, Postal Service officials said they would seek a new downtown location and held a public forum to gather input on three potential sites – the State Street building, Fairview Plaza shopping center on U.S. 31-W By-Pass and a portion of the multiuse building at Circus Square Park owned by the Downtown Redevelopment Authority.
A decision was expected within 60 days of the 2016 meeting, according to Postal Service officials, but no further updates were forthcoming until Mike Thomas, who owns the State Street building, told the Daily News last year he had a lease deal with the Postal Service to occupy the then-vacant building.
The State Street site generated the most support at the forum, with many attendees stressing the importance of maintaining a post office downtown, a sentiment echoed by Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
“People downtown enjoy the convenience,” he said, adding that many of the downtown’s service professionals rely on quick access to a postal facility. “I’m glad the new location is close to being completed and ready.”
The desire to move from the current post office site was prompted by the fact that the Postal Service is only using about 4,000 square feet of the 36,000-square-foot 11th Avenue building after the downsizing of operations there.
Mail carriers were relocated in 2017 from the current downtown post office to the Postal Service’s Scottsville Road facility, which was also downsized in recent years as part of Postal Service budget cuts.
The State Street building is 4,800 square feet and previously housed a printing business, among others. An adjacent house also owned by Thomas was torn down last year to make way for more parking around the building.
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