Post office progress in Meyers |

Post office progress in Meyers

Susan Wood

Delayed construction of a new post office in Meyers isn’t stopping the project. Crews plan to plow through the winter to get the long-awaited job done by the end of January.

“We have no choice. I hate to hope for a dry, early winter because we need the moisture, but we need to get the work done,” Metcalf Builders Project Manager Mike Fondi said Wednesday.

The crew broke ground a month ago. The Carson City contracting company originally planned to do so in May in time to complete the job on the 4,200-square-foot building by mid-October. The project was delayed waiting for its Tahoe Regional Planning Agency permit, Fondi explained.

Part of the project included relocating seven Juniper trees from the proposed building pad area to the southern end of the site off U.S. Highway 50. An arborist was brought in to write instructions on how to move them without disturbing their growth and life.

Fondi’s crew just completed erecting a post office in Yerington, Nev., but building in Lake Tahoe brings unique conditions and a special brand of architecture.

The new post office will don a stone veneer finish on the exterior and plywood siding.

“It’s going to look like a building in Tahoe,” Fondi said.

For the interior, the new facility located just west of Lira’s Supermarket at 1285 Apache Ave. will offer 1,180 post office boxes. The current location situated near the Downtown Cafe has 800.

Fondi and acting South Lake Tahoe Postmaster Toni Passot said they’ve received earfuls of comments from a Meyers community eager for the new post office’s completion.

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