GAINESVILLE – The U.S. Postal Service main branch on Green Street in Gainesville might soon need to file a “Change of Address” form.
That’s because postal officials have announced a public meeting for the purpose of collecting input on whether relocation best serves the future needs of Gainesville.
The Post Office has maintained a presence in Gainesville since August, 1910, according to the city’s website, but with conceptual plans now being considered by city, county, state and federal agencies to widen and improve congested Green Street, a move to new “digs” might be well timed…and justified.
“There’s a federal requirement when they (postal officials) initiate the process of moving the post office they have to come into a public hearing in the community,” City Manager Bryan Lackey told the Gainesville City Council at their work session Thursday morning.
“It starts a 60-day comment period for the community,” Lackey added. “The representative, I think, will be very clear with you they have no location picked out to move to, nor do they have a buyer for their current building.”
“It’s taken about fifteen years to get this far,” Mayor Danny Dunagan said jokingly, “so at least we’ve got one step going forward.”
The public meeting will take place Tuesday, January 23rd, at the Gainesville Justice Center on Queen City Parkway beginning at 5:30.