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Gazette.Net: Plans for new Bethesda post office met with skepticism


A United States Post Office representative told locals at a meeting on Wednesday that Bethesda was getting a new post office because it was “a booming area,” contradicting an earlier email sent to The Gazette by a USPS spokeswoman that parking issues at 6900 Wisconsin Ave. were the reason.


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Olney women conquer their bucket lists, one adventure at a time 9. Signing Day, Montgomery County 10. li {background:none;} var monetatag = monetatag || {}; monetatag.q = monetatag.q || []; monetatag.publisher = { id: "gazettenet" }; (function() { var mt = document.createElement('script'); mt.type = 'text/javascript'; mt.async = true; mt.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 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The news that Bethesda is line for a new post office comes one year after the USPS closed down two post offices in downtown Bethesda to save money, and then opened one at 6900 Wisconsin Ave., which has come under fire for not providing parking. At Wednesday’s meeting, Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist for USPS, said a Bethesda post office “would be profitable for us” and denied that the decision to build a new one was a reflection of 6900 Wisconsin Avenue having been a poor choice. However, in an email sent to The Gazette on Monday, a USPS spokeswoman, Laura Dvorak, wrote that “The intent at the start of this consolidation was to merge the two buildings into one officeWe thought we had accomplished that; however, parking issues forced us to research bringing another facility on to more adequately serve our customers.” Residents at the meeting expressed skepticism that the USPS would get it right this time. “Every promise made to our community was broken,” said Joan DKleinman, who was there representing the office of U.SRepChristopher Van Hollen Jr(D-Dist8), as she looked through notes that were taken at meetings in 2011. Hancock stated repeatedly that he was not familiar with either Bethesda or its history of post offices being closed, but that this time a strict process would be followedHe outlined that process as follows: the USPS would take public comments for the next 45 days, including specific suggestions as to where the new post office should be located. Several times he urged the audience to send him specific addresses and even names of landlords that might lease to the USPS, but when pressed Hancock said that is rare for the site location to actually be chosen by someone in the community. After that 45-day period, the USPS, with the help of real estate broker CBRE, would draft a list of viable options and send it back to the community and allow for another 30-day comment periodFinally, a site will be chosen, and after yet another 30 days for comments, a five-year lease will be signed. Hancock estimated the whole process would take about a year, and that the “clock’s ticking.” “We’re not going to go somewhere that’s a bad site,” Hancock said“We’re not going to make a bad business decision.” But many locals said that’s exactly what the USPS did with 6900 Wisconsin Ave. “I changed where I go because of that,” said Julie Coe about the new location’s lack of parking“It’s inaccessible.” Coe, who was not at the meeting, lives in Bethesda and when she needs to mail something, she heads over to the Village of Chevy Chase or the post office in Glen EchoShe said she looks forward to a Bethesda post office that has parking. 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