Post office eyes Apache Avenue site
U.S. Postal Service representatives spent a month looking for an alternate site for the Meyers post office, eventually selecting a parcel on U.S. Highway 50 at Apache Avenue.
According to South Lake Tahoe Postmaster Alice Ynchausti, a site review committee is negotiating for land. “We looked at several spots but right now we are talking with the gentleman who runs the wedding chapel out there,” Ynchausti said.
The existing substation is small and has only 768 post office boxes for the community of more than 2,000.
Plans include building a new 4,000-square-foot structure with additional parking spaces and post office boxes. The postal service has wanted to move for the last three years but development is limited in the Meyers area by stringent rules of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
The postal service met with members of the Meyers Roundtable last week to talk about the project. Roundtable members were shown a similar post office recently constructed near Yosemite National Park. Roundtable chairman Sue Yang said she likes the idea of having a new post office in Meyers but is concerned about traffic.
“The postal service will present a traffic study in adhering to TRPA guidelines,” Yang said. The roundtable couldn’t afford to have an independent traffic study in the past, so the new post office could be a blessing in disguise.
“We definitely don’t want to discourage the study,” Yang added. “The postal service has been cooperative and forthcoming about the project to the community.”
Construction could start in May when the TRPA’s grading season begins but the project may not be under way until May, 1999.
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