There may be a reprieve for the Glenville post office.
Last week, a U.S. postal official told the Greenwich Board of Selectmen that the postal service is continuing its search for a new location although the landlord of building in the Glenville shopping center has now offered to renew the lease.
Joseph Mulvey, a U.S. Postal Service real estate specialist based in Boston, came to Greenwich to discuss the possible relocation of the Glenville station with the selectmen at their May 22 meeting.
"The post office has been conducting present location since early 1960s," Mulvey said. "Regrettably, the landlord has informed us it has other plans for the building."
Mulvey added, "The landlord (Sutton Properties) has offered us a proposal to remain in that building. We are exploring that possibility. Without a signed lease in hand, we must continue to look for alternative space. ... We will pursue both processes simultaneously." The lease for the 25 Glen Ridge Rd. facility expires in October.
According to Mulvey, the postal service is "proposing to relocate the Glenville station within the same zip code area. The level of service will continue in new space." The postal service needs about 1,000 square feet of space and a loading dock for mail truck deliveries.
As part of the U.S. Postal Service's relocation process, Mulvey said the agency must solicit public comment and present a plan to elected officials.
When questioned by Selectman Dave Theis, Mulvey said that any new location would not require local planning and zoning approval. "The postal service is immune from some of local zoning and planning processes ... The postal service would notify the building department and give them a set of plans ... but we are immune from the building permit process," Mulvey explained.
First Selectman Peter Tesei said, "We are united in our support to keep the post office in Glenville. Glenville is one of several villages in town that have their own post office. We wish you success and support as you work to maintain that location."
Mulvey said written public comments may be submitted to Mulvey, U.S. Postal Service, 2 Congress St., Room 8, Milford, MA 01757. The comment deadline is June 6.