ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The Downtown Roseville Post Office on Vernon Street is one of the area’s oldest buildings, but in the coming months, the usually busy location will have to make way for new development.
The lease between the U.S. Postal Service and the city of Roseville is set to expire April 30, and the city wants to sell the property.
"The city is currently working on a project with a developer for a mixed-use project to locate at this site," said Wayne Wiley, the city’s economic development manager.
That project could include a boutique hotel, city officials told ABC10. Some people like Chuck Locke, a postal worker in Roseville, want to keep a post office in Downtown Roseville.
"I don’t think we need a hotel," Locke said. "I think what we need here in Roseville is to keep our post office where it’s at."
New development isn’t the only thing pushing the post office out of its current spot. It's also not seeing as much mail as it once did, which means the post office does not use as much space in the building as it could.
READ MORE ROSEVILLE NEWS:
- Kobe Bryant donated to Roseville girls basketball team weeks before death
- Roseville working to debunk myths surrounding new California water laws
"Currently, they only utilize about 30 to 40 percent of the building — there's a lot of unused space," Wiley said. "So, for their needs, they're looking for a smaller kind of tighter space where they can just do their retail component."
Wiley said the city is working with the U.S. Postal Service to try and keep a Downtown Roseville Post Office.
"There's a couple of sites that are privately owned that may be viable for the post office," Wiley said.
One prime location the city is considering is a four-story office building it purchased late last year. The building is on Grant Street, just steps away from the current post office.
The U.S. Postal Service is hosting a meeting Wednesday morning at 10 at the post officer so that city leaders can hear from residents about the impending move.
"[The post office] is a huge amenity that we offer to our residents and to our businesses," Wiley said. "The community feedback has been such that they would be excited to also see the post office maintain a presence in our downtown."
Follow the conversation on Facebook with Zach Fuentes.
FOR NEWS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, DOWNLOAD THE ABC10 APP:
►Stay In the Know! Sign up now for ABC10's Daily Blend Newsletter