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Post office construction put on hold indefinitely

June 18, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.cm

It will be at least a year before construction will begin on a planned post office to be built across from the Long Meadow Shopping Center, Hagerstown Postmaster Keith Guerrin said Monday.

In March 2001, the U.S. Postal Service put all of its construction projects on hold for funding reasons, he said.

That building freeze remains in place, Postal Service spokesman Bob Anderson said Monday. It is unknown when the freeze will end, he said.

Exceptions have been made only for emergencies, he said.

Most of the design work on the Hagerstown project was done before the project was put on hold, he said. The Postal Service previously purchased the three acres on which the post office is to be built, he said.

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Guerrin said he is trying to find a way to get approval for the project to proceed.

The planned 18,000-square-foot post office would replace the 4,000-square-foot post office on Northern Avenue, he said.

He said he does not have a cost estimate on the project.

About 29 employees would work out of the new building, he said.

No new employees would be hired, he said.

The new post office would do all of the work associated with the 21742 ZIP code, including sorting, he said.

The post office on Franklin Street will continue to do the work on mail headed to the 21740 and 21741 ZIP codes, he said.

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