Park Avenue post office must relocate |

Park Avenue post office must relocate

The U.S. Post Office on Park Avenue will be forced to move soon to make way for the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

Where it will go is still being considered, said Postmaster Alice Ynchausti.

“The post office on Park Avenue will for sure be open until the end of the month,” she said. “And we’re looking at the old El Dorado Bank as a possible temporary site, but nothing is for sure at this point.”

The old bank building at 1009 Fern Ave. has been purchased by the city of South Lake Tahoe. The city was originally going to use it as a satellite office for the planning and building inspectors who will be working on the Park Avenue Project but is now proposing it as a temporary site for the Park Avenue post office.

Ynchausti said the building as it stands is too small for the post office’s needs but would work with some modification.

Redevelopment Manager Judith Von Klug said the city would have to bring in modular buildings to make the space larger and modify some of the interior of the building to make a customer-service counter.

In an effort to accommodate the post office in relocation, the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency approved last Tuesday an emergency measure to forego the bidding process for the building modifications and approve improvements up to about $49,000.

Some of that cost to the city for modifications could be recovered by the rent that the post office would pay when it’s there.

“We’ll be in the temporary location for about 15 to 22 months,” Ynchausti said. “The long-term plan at this point is still being worked on and, right now, I’m focused on getting the temporary location first.”

She said more solid plans will be available next week.

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