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Norwich - Residents, business owners and officials have until Dec. 3 to comment on the U.S. Postal Service's plan to move the downtown post office out of the large, expensive historic building at 340 Main St. and to create a smaller Contract Postal Unit downtown.
Joseph Mulvey, real estate specialist for the U.S. Postal Service, addressed the City Council Monday to outline the plan and invite public comment.
Mulvey said the current post office building has 22,500 square feet of space and used to house a bustling retail window business and equally busy distribution center for all of Norwich. The facility now houses only "a small retail" operation, while most of the building sits unused.
Mulvey said he was not part of earlier discussions that occurred following the postal service's announcement in February 2011 that it planned to move the Norwich retail post office to the exiting distribution center at 292 Salem Turnpike near the Bozrah town line. The current post office was marketed for sale but while no potential buyers have come forward, Mulvey said the plan still calls for trying to find either a buyer or tenants for the existing building.
The post office would not be moved unless there is a plan to sell or lease the building, he said, and if postal officials reject the plans, the current post office would remain open at 340 Main St.
Mulvey said public comments can be submitted directly to him on the plan to move the post office to 292 Salem Turnpike, close the current building and consider opening a smaller Contract Retail Unit - a small retail operation run by a business owner in a local storefront location.
Written comments should be sent Joseph J. Mulvey, U. S. Postal Service, 2 Congress St., Room 8, Milford, Mass. 01757-9998.
No one commented on the plan Monday.
Mayor Peter Nystrom said the public comment information also will be posted on the city's website, www.norwichct.org.
Mulvey said at the close of the public comment period, postal officials will review the information and make a decision. The mayor would be informed of the decision, and it would be posted at the current Norwich Post Office, he said.