Stateline post office will close |

Stateline post office will close

Chris Wellhausen/Tahoe TribuneOn Thursday, Karen Sanders visits the Stateline post office, which closes March 31.

It’s official. Mail for 1,000 Stateline boxholders needs a new home.

The Stateline Post Office will close March 31 to make room for drainage basins that will handle storm water runoff as part of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

At that time, the lease agreement between South Lake Tahoe and the U.S. Postal Service ends.

“We are very sorry about this forced disruption in service,” South Lake Tahoe Postmaster Mike Benson said. “My staff and I will do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition for our customers.”

The Postal Service has agreed to move box holders about two miles away to the newly remodeled Bijou station at 3368 Sandy Way. There, 1,000 post office boxes will accommodate the postal transplants for the same annual rate the users pay for service at Stateline — which ranges from $28 to $50 a year.

All mail service from Stateline will be conducted out of the Bijou station.

Benson wanted to remind postal customers that they may also obtain service at a residence with a mailbox.

But many people have expressed no desire to have street delivery.

Ann Burke would rather drive in the snow to get her mail than negotiate the berm outside her house.

But at least she has the choice.

“At least I have a car. I feel for the people who don’t have a car,” she said Thursday.

One box holder circulated a petition to keep the branch open to no avail.

“At least we tried,” Burke said.

Some are taking it in stride better than others.

“It’s too bad,” Shirley Queirolo said, adding the Bijou station is “farther away and more crowded.”

Benson and his staff will host an open house at the Bijou station Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. to address any customer concerns.

The Postal Service was looking for a new location in the Stateline area, but the Denver office was unable to find a suitable spot.

“As far as I know, I don’t think they’re looking for a new location,” Benson said, despite the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s master plan for postal service at the lake mandates a post office at Stateline.

The modular units of the Stateline branch, located on Fern Road near the Crescent V Shopping Center, will be pulled out in the spring. Demolition is planned for the old building next door, along with the Swiss Village Motel.

The city, with the help of the California Tahoe Conservancy, will put in landscaping at the site alongside the drainage basins. Part of the plan calls for either sod or native plants from the curb to the sidewalk, Public Works Director Brad Vidro said Thursday.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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