Finksburg residents who attended Tuesday night's meeting regarding the community's post office on Dede Road being relocated seemed to walk away satisfied after hearing from U.S. Postal Service officials.
When USPS announced a "relocation" of the Finksburg post office, we worried this might mean closing that facility permanently and possibly losing services. We're glad to learn that's not the case.
USPS real estate specialist Richard Hancock assured the 50 or so community members at Tuesday's meeting that the current 4,400-square-foot facility is just more space than is necessary, since mail carrier services at the Finksburg post office were moved to the Westminster post office about four years ago. Rather, USPS wants to keep the same services being offered at the Dede Road location to a smaller space, likely in one of the many shopping centers along Md. 140 in Finksburg.
Despite not having carriers work out of the Dede Road location, the Finksburg post office has offered retail, P.O. box, passport and mail acceptance services. Fewer people are sending mail these days, but many businesses still use the post office for shipping, and P.O. boxes are still used by many rural residents to receive mail. Finksburg residents likely would've had to travel at least 5 miles for those services if the Dede Road location were to close — either to Westminster or Reisterstown, Glyndon, or Boring post offices in Baltimore County.
Instead, USPS officials said those services would continue to be offered in the community at a new retail facility, and they already have eyes on storefronts in both the Finksburg Plaza at Md. 140 and Md. 91 near the Food Lion, and the Walnut Park Plaza on Dede Road opposite the current post office location. Both would make sense, but officials say they are also open to other suggestions. USPS needs a minimum five-year lease with two five-year renewal options at whatever location might eventually host the new post office.
Hopefully, the new location — wherever it might be — will offer the same convenience as the current post office. And if it's part of a shopping center, rather than a standalone building, neighboring businesses might get a slight boost as well from additional traffic.
Still, we suspect some residents might still have questions.
Tuesday night's meeting was the beginning of a 30-day comment period. During the next month, the public is able to offer USPS comment regarding the planned relocation of the Finksburg post office, including alternative suggestions about where it might go and any concerns about a move.
We encourage residents with questions, concerns or suggestions about the relocation to offer their comments by emailing Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org.