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Post Office Might Keep Address

The main U.S. Post Office in town is up for sale but that doesn't necessarily mean Westporter's will need to track down a new location to mail their packages from. There is a proposal on the table to place a smaller postal branch inside the 154 Post Road East location as a tenant.

“We are heartened to hear that the Postal Service is seriously considering staying where it is, albeit in a smaller space,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in a press release.

That location is one of three possible sites for a new post office in Westport. The other potential spots are an end unit in the Playhouse Square Shopping Center at 275 Post Road East and in the shopping center with Fresh Market at 275 Post Road East. Nine other locations were looked at and rejected for various reasons from loading issues to split stories.

Speculation about the 74-year-old Post Office was settled in April when a “For Sale” sign appeared in front of the building. Cushman & Wakefield was the real-estate company handling the sale.

Joseloff said placing a smaller branch inside the familiar building would be an ideal solution. Additional tenants in the building could “enhance downtown by housing an arts entity, coffee shop, or other use that would generate public interest.”

The Postal Service noted in a May 26 letter that any member of the community may submit written comments on any of the proposed properties for the next 30 days. Letters should be sent to: Vice President, Facilities, U.S. Postal Service, 6 Griffin Road, North, Windsor, 06006-0300.

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