By today’s standards, the Pony Express seemed faster than the wheels of change at the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The mail service first announced last June it was considering relocating its Mount Dora location due to the current 711 N. Donnelly Street location being too small. The USPS operated out of the approximately 5,340 square-foot space for over 50 years. It has been seeking at least a 9,000 square-foot facility to accommodate the needs of a growing community.
Now the USPS has zeroed in on a building in an outparcel of a shopping center at 2600 Old Highway 441. The space, previously occupied by The Rodeo, is approximately 10,000 square feet. Although this is currently the only existing location found to meet the USPS requirements, the required USPS Final Decision Letter has not been issued.
The USPS required that the new location must be within a mile radius of the Donnelly location and be leased at a square-foot rate close to their current rate. Ideally, the space would also have a loading dock or the opportunity to build one.
Last July, a public meeting was held to provide preliminary information. This was followed by a second public meeting on March 1, because the USPS expanded the boundary area for a new Mount Dora location. Once the location has been officially finalized, Mount Dora Buzz will provide an update.