New location decided for Richland post office

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 22, 2014 

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By 1954, Richland had a new Safeway store located at 639 Cullum.

HERALD STAFF

The U.S. Postal Service has settled on a new location for the Richland post office.

The post office plans to move to 639 Cullum Ave. in late spring or early summer, spokesman Ernie Swanson said Wednesday. The building is three-tenths of a mile from the current post office in the Richland Federal Building on Jadwin Avenue.

The Postal Service announced the move about a year ago, saying it planned to find a new location as close to the existing one as possible. Mail carriers had been moved to the West Richland post office in 2011 and it no longer needed the extra space in the Federal Building.

The Postal Service also sought a smaller location to save money due to sharply declining revenue.

Charles Ripley of Richland, who uses the post office, sees pluses and minuses to the new site.

"The new location isn't that far from the old one," he said. "I wouldn't call (Cullum Avenue) a very well-traveled street though."

The post office will have a five-year lease on the 4,150-square-foot space on Cullum Avenue, Swanson said. The agreement has options to extend with building owner Houston Carroll LLC of Kennewick.

"We're going to have to do some work to make it viable for our purposes," he said.

A contractor has yet to be hired for the work, Swanson said.

The Postal Service identified the building in December and recently finalized negotiation, Swanson said. He said the Postal Service doesn't typically say what it pays to lease space.

The Postal Service plans to put notices at the Jadwin Avenue location to let the public know about the move, he said.

The building on Cullum Avenue opened as a Safeway store in 1954, according to Herald archives. It was vacant for a dozen years before reopening in the early 1990s as the 17,500- square-foot Atrium Building. It served as an office for Hanford contractor MACTEC.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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