Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

City should act now in preparation for Post Office move

August 30, 2007

Last week, the Eudora USD 491 Web site's rumor patrol responded to an inquiry regarding the future use of the Nottingham Elementary School property for a new Eudora Post Office. In answer, someone diplomatically wrote the school board had made no decision about the property's future use and hadn't had any discussions with the U.S. Postal Service.

As rumors go, it was more believable than most. Eudora is a fast-growing city with a post office decades old. Space has to be a concern. Nottingham property is certainly ideally located to serve that purpose -- and those of many more commercial and public ventures.

It is our understanding the post office relocation process starts with a notification letter from the Postal Service to a city's mayor, informing them of the need for a new post office. That letter to Mayor Tom Pyle may not be stamped and addressed but there's a good chance it's been drafted.

It would be our hope, city officials want to keep the Eudora Post Office downtown. Its traffic is vital for the viability of that district. The Postal Service might be sensitive to that desire, but as the current experience in Tonganoxie illustrates, there are other more important factors. It can be assumed among those factors would include land prices and availability, access and parking.

We would suggest it isn't too early to explore the factors the Postal Service would consider in a new site and start addressing them in a way that would keep the valuable asset it Eudora's historical downtown district. If not, any momentum gained from the coming streetscape upgrades would be lost.

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