US Postal Service taking comments regarding Mountlake Terrace Post Office relocation

While the United States Postal Service has opened a public comment period for relocating the Mountlake Terrace Post Office, currently in the city’s Town Center, a new location has not yet been identified, a USPS spokesperson said Tuesday.

Mountlake Terrace residents reported receiving a post card in the mail notifying them that USPS is proposing to move the post office — now at 23210 57th Ave. W. — to “a building of approximately 3,100 square feet within the 98043 ZIP code. The proposed new facility will maintain the same level of service as the current location,” the notice said.

As we reported in March, the post office has lost has lost its lease and will have to move out of the building by February 2023.

“Unfortunately, a location has not been selected at this time,” USPS spokesperson Lecia Hall said in an email to MLTnews. “The post cards being distributed are a way for the community to send their comments about the proposed relocation.”

The notice goes on to say that “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of a public meeting, we are inviting. you to send your comment son the proposal to the following a address within the next 30 days:

Attn: Mountlake Terrace WA – Relocation
United States Postal Service
PO Box 27497
Greensboro, NC 27498-1103”

Assistant City Manager Stephen Clifton told the Mountlake Terrace City Council in September that he and Development Services Director Christy Osborn had walked around the Town Center with three representatives from the U.S. Postal Service looking at potential locations. “Trying to find a building that will meet their needs, even on an interim basis, is fairly challenging,” Clifton said. “We did tell them that we would reach out to a few of the individuals that we know that either own buildings or lease buildings to see if we can’t find any information for them, and they are also doing the same thing.”

  1. Sorry, does the body of the message suggest comments will be sent to Greensboro, NC? I dont think the card says that. Seems a bit out of the way

    1. Waste of time and money collecting comments regarding reloccation when no one knows where the anticipated location may be. Much respect for Mayor and Council but I don’t get it.

      1. Don,

        Respectfully this is from the USPS, not the city or Council. All the city did was escort them to some potential locations. When I left, no decisions had been made yet. Miss you guys!

    1. I didn’t get a postcard, either. Perhaps they were sent to addresses within a certain radius of the current post office. If so, that’s unfortunate considering more people utilize that location than those who live really close. I’d much rather go to the small MLT post office than the large crowded Lynnwood one with extremely limited parking.

      As I recall, USPS has tried multiple times to close this location, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this is their way to finally do it. They’ve known since at least March they would need to move and they’re just now asking for input with 2-3 months before closing?

      David Parmelee had a great comment on the March 2022 article related to this: “The USPS has a history of waiting to the last minute to research new post office locations , inviting failure. Then the excuse of no available suitable location, gives them reason to close it altogether. Notify Sen. Maria Cantwell, with your concerns, as she is from Mountlake Terrace. The local post office is important to the established identity of a community, and should not be lost because of the USPS incompetence.”

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