On July 10th, the US Postal Service hosted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation of the post office at White Flint Mall. Although we were told that public comment on the subject was welcome for 30-days, the USPS transmitted a letter outlining their decision yesterday, August 1st. Addressed to Ken Hartman, Director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, the letter states that “[a]fter further assessment and input from community members, the Postal Service is proceeding with its new facilities project. In the near future, we will be reviewing potential sites for the new post office.” Read the full letter here.
The letter continues to say that the community will remain informed as a new location is selected and that any member of the community may appeal or comment on this decision within the next thirty days. Now confused about what thirty days means to USPS, Friends of White Flint sent an email this evening to USPS Real Estate Specialist Richard Hancock to learn more. While we would have liked to see the post office remain at the White Flint Mall location, it is our primary concern that this important amenity remain somewhere within the Sector boundaries. In an abundance of caution, we did lodge an appeal of the decision and, once we have a better idea of how far afield USPS is considering moving their facility, we will reassess.
Your thoughts and comments on this development are welcome!