Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Delivery on Postal Site in Light of City Road Plan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Delivery on Postal Site in Light of City Road Plan

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet can keep mail carriers from their appointed rounds, but road plans of St. Peters officials have caused the U.S. Postal Service to abandon plans for a branch office.

"We're back to square one," said St. Charles Postmaster Reid Vitilas. "The elected officials decided to put a road through there and wanted the post office to share in the cost, so we decided to abandon that plan."

When the Postal Service announced plans for the branch in January, Vitilas said the bulk of the mail of the St. Charles post office was delivered in the 63303 and 63304 ZIP codes, which run south of Interstate 70 to the August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Conservation Area. The proposed branch largely would have served those areas, leaving about 40 mail routes in the St. Charles office. The 6.3-acre undeveloped site that had been proposed for the branch is north of Highway 94 in the Jungermann Road and Glen Park Drive area. "The city of St. Peters wanted to appropriate one-third of the lot for an extension and exit for the Page Avenue overpass and wanted us to donate and prepare the site," said Jerry Kreienkamp, a spokesman for the Postal Service. The cost of grading the land for St. Peters would have cost the Postal Service about $500,000. In addition, the site would have been reduced to about four acres. "If we lost one-third, that would have eliminated future expansion, and the county is growing," Kreienkamp said. "That made it unfeasible for us." He said that although the Postal Service had an option on the land, no money was paid. A postal official in St. Louis said that with the planned Page Avenue extension, there would not have been enough customer parking and the possibility of expansion if the area's population growth were to exceed expectations. Postal Service officials are redefining their strategies to handle the projected growth in mail deliveries in St. Charles County, Kreienkamp said. When a new site is chosen, it will not have retail service but will be a carrier annex to distribute mail, Kreienkamp said. A separate retail site is needed, which could be a free-standing building or a postal store in a mall or shopping center. …

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