Officials hope to deliver downtown post office move seamlessly
Published 3:49 pm, Thursday, December 9, 2010
Like many businesses these days, the U.S. Postal Service wants to save money and increase efficiency, but the relocation of the downtown Fairfield Post Office should be "seamless," according to Joseph Mulvey, a real estate specialist with the postal service.
Mulvey and Fairfield Postmaster John O'Mara were at Thursday morning's Economic Development Commission meeting to outline plans to sell the existing facility on the Post Road and move to a new location, but remaining somewhere in the downtown area.
"Our intent is to have a seamless transition, as far as the services go," Mulvey said. There would still be post office boxes and customer service windows, he said, but in a newer, smaller location.
Since local letter carriers were moved from the Post Road office to the Commerce Drive facility, Mulvey said, the Post Road building is much larger than is needed and under utilized. The Post Road building has about 15,000 square feet of interior space and sits on about 1.5 acres. Postal officials are looking for a retail space of about 2,000 square feet, according to Mulvey, within about one-quarter mile of the existing site.
"It's a concept now, we don't know who will be interested in buying it," Mulvey said.
The idea is to sell the existing downtown facility while finding a new site at the same time, he said. The earliest the move probably would occur, Mulvey said, in fall 2011. "That's if everything goes according to Hoyle" with the sale and the new space, he said.
EDC Chairman Peter Penczer asked if the federal government offered the property to the town, but Mulvey said he was not sure, but would present the suggestion.
Mark Barnhart, the town's economic development director, pointed out that right now the town leases parking behind the post office for downtown employees and commuters. "And that will continue until the property is sold," Barnhart said, adding that the town's purchase of that property for parking has been discussed in the past.