Customers of the East Palo Alto post office will soon need to send their letters and packages from a new location, following the landlord of its current Bay Road location choosing to not renew the lease and instead redevelop the property, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
The agency is now looking to hear from community members and share initial plans for relocation at a public meeting this Monday, June 18, which is required under Postal Service policy.
The Postal Service has not made public how the landlord plans to redevelop the property and which developers might be involved. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the plans for the new location, suggest potential relocation sites and express any questions or concerns.
The roughly 90-minute meeting will include a presentation from Dean Cameron of the agency's Pacific Facilities Service Office, according to Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz. The public can give their input before and after Cameron's presentation.
Ruiz also stated that the Postal Service is open to suggestions on new sites for relocation, but has a set criteria for the new post office, including geographic limits the new location should fall under, which will be disclosed at the meeting.
The new location must stay within a certain distance from the original post office, currently located at 1600 Bay Road, according to Ruiz. The new location will also provide the same services and hours as the current location.
Once the meeting has concluded, community members will have 30 days to deliver written comments to Cameron. Once 30 days have elapsed, Postal Service personnel will evaluate, decide upon and announce the new location. The timeline for the decision after the 30-day period has not been disclosed.
The Postal Service meeting will held on Monday, June 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Municipal Center, located at 2425 University Ave. After the meeting, community members may send written comment for 30 days to the United States Postal Service, Attn: Dean Cameron, 1300 Evans Ave. Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94188.