Almost 10 months ago, Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady ramped up his years-long effort to make the Aberdeen Post Office handicapped accessible.
It’s been baby steps, but he’s finally seeing the fruits of his, and the city’s, efforts: construction began recently on a new ramp outside the Post Office on West Bel Air Avenue.
“I'm happy that the management at USPS have recognized the need of our community and committed the resources to accomplish positive changes,” McGrady said earlier this week.
Aberdeen City Manager Randy Robertson said the city was notified by Dane Coleman, a representative of the postal service in Baltimore, that it was exempt from getting a city permit for the project and was moving forward with the ramp.
McGrady has been lobbying the U.S. Postal Service since 2010 to build a ramp or other structure to allow disabled veterans, elderly people, handicapped people and anyone else access to the facility that was built in 1936 and which he says at one time was handicapped accessible.
“Aberdeen's downtown has tremendous potential and we are working hard to grow and develop opportunities for our citizens and businesses,” McGrady said. “This ramp is a symbol of the changes happening in Aberdeen. For many years, folks and governments outside Aberdeen have overlooked the diversity, skills and warmth of our Aberdeen folks and I'm pleased that lots of exciting things are happening in Aberdeen.”