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Better post office on way

January 07, 1998

Better post office on way

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - It should be easier for residents of the Hedgesville area to pick up and drop off mail when a new post office opens later this year.

Monday night the Berkeley County Planning Commission voted to schedule a public hearing for a preliminary plat review of the 6,486-square-foot building.

No date has been set for the hearing, according to the planning commission office. But Hedgesville Postmaster Jonnie Williams said the building is supposed to be ready to move into by June.

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The building will be on 5 acres on W.Va. 9 about a mile west of town. Williams said it will be about twice the size of the current post office at 103 Main St. More important, it will have plenty of parking.

Williams said the current post office has very little parking for the employees and customers and no street parking.

"The parking lot is the biggest problem. We're cramped for space outside and in," she said.

The new post office will have 48 parking spaces, including 33 for customers. Williams said the post office now employs six rural carriers and four clerks in addition to herself.

"The area is growing and we need space for more routes," she said.

Kohler Development Corporation of Reistertown, Md., will build and own the building, leasing it back to the United States Postal Service, according to Williams. Planning commission member Fred Gantt estimated the project will cost about around $1 million.

Williams said customers are anxious for the new facility. "They're always coming in asking," she said.

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