New post office planned for Meyers |

New post office planned for Meyers

After three years of delays, construction is expected to begin within two weeks on a new post office in Meyers at Apache Avenue and U.S. Highway 50.

The project was expected to start sometime during the second half of May. Real estate specialist for the U. S. Postal Service, Bob MacGill said unexpected delays pushed the project back to now.

“There was a variety of (delays),” MacGill said. “There was design delays, traffic delays, approval delays. You name it, we had it.”

MacGill said all the permits to begin construction have been approved and he expects Developer Rick Truesdale to pay for the permit sometime next week. Construction should begin shortly after and is expected to be finished by the fall.

“The owner has been working to get the approval,” MacGill said. “He has gotten those things. They are supposed to pay for the building permit next week and as soon as they get those they’ll start pushing dirt.”

The Meyers post office project was in doubt until recently because the U.S. Postal Service put a freeze on all capital improvement projects in April. The freeze is still in effect, but the Meyers project will not be affected by it.

“Fortunately this project was in place before this freeze was put in effect so we are going to go ahead with this project. All other (postal) projects around the lake have been put on hold,” MacGill said.

The El Dorado County Planning Commission issued a use permit for the project Oct. 28, 1999. A condition of the use permit required the developer to make road improvements on Apache Avenue to accommodate the traffic the new post office would create. Truesdale said the road improvements will be done during the construction of the post office facility.

“The improvements that the developer is doing have not started,” Truesdale said. “The improvements that we do will be done during the course of the construction of the post office.”

MacGill said the Postal Service will assume the cost for some of the road work.

After all of the delays, Truesdale said he will be happy to get the Meyers project started.

“It is going to be underway,” Truesdale said. “Development issues with the post office and getting their approval with plan changes, finishing the encroachment permits with Caltrans-development takes time.”

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