Tuesday, June 06, 2000

$4.1M post office opens in Mason

Customers give building their stamp of approval

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Just about everything but the cost of stamps has changed at Mason's post office.

        The new office at Snider Road and U.S. 42 (Reading Road) opened to rave reviews Monday. And while many customers came to buy stamps and drop off mail, others stopped by simply to check out the Postal Service's new digs.

        “This new post office is so much bigger and nicer than our old one,” said Diane Daniels of Mason. “There are more parking places, I don't have to wait in a long line just for stamps anymore, and best of all, it's just about a mile way from my house.”

        Mason Postmaster Mike Taney said the new office is much more user-friendly for customers and employees than the older one. Whereas it was quite common for workers to bump and stumble over boxes, bins and route cases filled with sorted mail at the old downtown post office, those problems don't exist at the new, more spacious facility, Mr. Taney said.

        The 20,000-square-foot building is five times the size of Mason's 43-year-old post office at 404 Second Ave., which closed Saturday. The $4.1 million post office is the first new facility to be completed in the 26-county Cincinnati postal district this year.

        Postal officials had hoped to have the new office open in April, but a fire in January caused about $75,000 damage to the building under construction and delayed the building completion by about two months.

        “The fire was disappoint ing because we really wanted and needed to get into that building,” said Bonni Manies, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, Cincinnati District. “We've had such rapid growth in this area and the mail volume is such that we definitely needed this new facility. That's why it's so exciting to finally see it completed.”

        The office will maintain 24 postal routes and serve Mason and parts of Deerfield Township. In addition to increased customer parking, the new facility has 24-hour lobby access and features a postal store, the latest marketing concept offered by the USPS. Mason's post office will also be the first in the Cincinnati area to offer people and businesses the opportunity to purchase stamps by fax and have them delivered.

        “The central location and easy access to the new office should make visiting us a more enjoyable experience for our residential and business customers,” Mr. Taney said. “We hope the community (is) as excited about our new home as we are.”


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