For quite a while, the Finksburg Post Office had been looking for a building with a better fit.
In October of 2016 the U.S. Postal Service announced that it would be seeking to move the Finksburg office out of its longtime location at 2999 Dede Road.
Over a weekend in early February, a group set about moving all the necessary items to the new location. Many were heavy, like the large metal safe, the electronic equipment had to be set up and connected.
But the move went well, a customer service supervisor with the post office said. The Dede Road office closed on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. and the new office was open for business Monday, Feb. 5 in Suite 13 of the business center at 3000 Gamber Road.
“The new Post Office is a brand-new retail space that is within a quarter of a mile from the old location,” said Freda Sauter, a Corporate Communications spokesperson for the Postal Service.
Though no elaborate ceremony is planned around the grand opening, the new location is up and running with the same hours and services as its predecessor.
These include 24-hour lobby services for P.O. boxes, and passport and passport photo processing by appointment.
“The new location has the same operating hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday,”Sauter said.
The customer service supervisor said that, just in case customers might go to the wrong location, a sign has been on the door with information about the new space nearby.
The Postal Service assured the community from the beginning that, “There will be no changes to mail delivery, customers’ addresses or Post Office Boxes as a result of this relocation,” according to a Notice of Public Meeting and Comment Period from August 2016.
Mail carrier services at the Finksburg office ceased in 2012 and moved to Westminster, according to previous Times reporting.
When the move was first announced and before a location had been finalized, some members of the community feared that the Finksburg location would close altogether, adding miles to each trip by requiring travel to Westminster, Reisterstown, or Baltimore County.
Postal Service officials said that the Dede Road site, measuring 4,400-square-feet, was too large after mail carrier services were no longer taking place. There was a 30-day comment period open to residents after the possibility of relocation was announced in 2016.
As for the new building itself, it’s more up-to-date and colorful, and so far employees have loved it, said the customer service supervisor.