Post Office picks former grocery store facility for new downtown Eau Claire location

Statement from the U.S. Postal Service:

The Postal Service has notified the City of Eau Claire that it is pursuing relocation of the Eau Claire Post Office retail facility to a 7,262 square foot retail space at 225 E. Madison St. We believe this location will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility offering a full line of postal products and services.

We are working with the property owner to finalize a lease agreement. We have not set a date for relocation at this time.

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Letter from the U.S. Postal Service to the City of Eau Claire:

April 28, 2014

Ms. Kerry Kincaid, Council President
City of Eau Claire
202 S Farwell
PO Box 5148
Eau Claire, WI 54702-5148

Dear Ms. Kincaid:

The purpose of this letter is to provide a follow up to previous correspondence dated September 13, 2013 concerning the review and selection of a new location for the Eau Claire, WI Main Post Office.

After reviewing the sites, the Postal Service has decided to select the property located at 200 E.
Madison Street. We believe this new location will provide the community with an upgraded, modern
facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and the level of service expected by our customers.


As provided in postal regulations, your office may appeal the decision to select this location within the next 30 days. As appropriate, your appeal should be directed to Vice President, Facilities, and
addressed to my attention at the address shown below. A response will be provided within 15 days.

Please note that a copy of this letter is being forwarded to Postmaster Kimberly K. Leith and will be
posted in the lobby for 30 days.

Sincerely,


Marla J. Larsen-Williams, Real Estate Specialist
Facilities Implementation Team A
62 Stratford Drive, Bloomingdale, IL 60117-7000

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The U.S. Postal Service is now planning to move about three blocks away from its current North Barstow Street location in downtown Eau Claire.

The postal service says it reviewed multiple sites, and chose a property on the 200 block of E. Madison Street. In a letter to Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid dated April 28, it says that the postal service believes the Madison Street location "will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and the level of service expected by our customers."

It's unclear exactly when the U.S. Postal Service decided on the E. Madison Street location. "We've been talking for a while and looking at sites," said Pete Nowacki with the postal service. "In the last week, we've decided to go forward with it."

The letter also says the city can appeal the decision within 30 days. When WEAU 13 News asked Eau Claire City Manager Russell Van Gompel about whether the city would comment or appeal the decision, he said "Not certain. I don't foresee any reason why we would object."

"To me, it kind of makes some sense," he added.

Nowacki says the postal service has not set a date for when it plans to move. It also does not have a signed lease from the property owner, but Nowacki says it is working with the property owner to finalize a deal.

In December 2013, the postal service said it expected to move in October of this year. The current lease at the North Barstow Street building ends on September 30. In November 2013, the Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority bought the building that the postal service leases on North Barstow Street from the Gateway Industrial Park Corporation for nearly $350,000.

Van Gompel says the postal service has to finalize a lease and schedule some improvements to the Madison Street facility. The property houses a storefront that was Charly's Market, a 4,200-square-foot grocery store. The store opened in May 2012, and closed in 2013.


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