The United States Postal Service, forced to move from its present location in Hershey, is considering the former Memmi’s Bakery as its new site.
Richard Hancock, real estate specialist for the postal service, wants to know what people think of that idea.
Hancock said the Memmi’s Bakery site at 204 Hillcrest Road meets all the postal service’s initial criteria. It is downtown along Chocolate Avenue, it’s the right size, and it is adaptable for additional parking.
It’s far from a done deal, however, Hancock said.
The postal service does not have the time or money to construct a new building so is only looking at existing sites, Hancock said. The building has to be downtown and at least 6,000 square feet.
The present post office building on Chocolate Avenue is owned by the Hershey Trust, which wants to sell it to an as yet unnamed developer. It is across the street from the new Chipotle Restaurant, which caused controversy in Derry Township when it was proposed last year. The Trust also owned that land until selling it to the Chipotle developer, Apple Retail Properties of York.
The post office has been at its present location for about 30 years. The lease expires in January, 2015.
“Our goal was to stay where we’re at, but we had no choice,” Hancock said.
Anybody who wishes to comment on the Memmi’s Bakery site, or any other potential locations, can write to Richard Hancock, real estate specialist, United States Postal Service, P.O. Box 27497, Greensboro, NC, 27498-1103.
They can also call him at 336-665-2848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org