SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Dover Post Office on the move

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The U.S. Postal Service announced on Thursday that it is moving forward with plans to relocate the Dover Post Office from its longtime location at 55 Loockerman Plaza, but would not say where the new facility would be located.

• The old Value City location would bring more life to the plaza, attract new tenants, and be convenient for postal customers. It would be an excellent use of a property that has become an eyesore in Dover. Having a postal retail outlet in downtown Dover would serve the need there for government and legal offices. The old post office site would be a perfect location for the parking garage. These are compelling reasons so obviously it won’t go well with the city fathers. Has anyone noticed that there are no city mothers running the government from an elected standpoint? — Bob Skuse

• “I would prefer a downtown location to draw people to the revitalized area we are creating, which the post office would be a significant part,” (Dover City Councilman Fred) Neil said. Creating? You’ve been creating, studying etc. for over 20 years now. A post office brings people downtown to mail and pick up packages, not for shopping, eating etc. They go to the post office then they leave. So let them go to Value City and then they can build the new city hall at the PO location, then a garage at the city hall location. Restaurants, quality shopping, and night life bring people downtown to spend money, not EZ pass, attorneys, accountants, and a crime center. I think the old Value City is a great location for a post office. Lots of space, plenty of parking and bring more people over to that part of town. — Citizen Soldier

• Councilman Fred Neil has the same mentality of downrown business owners and property owners. Hopefully, somebody else will make the commitment to revitalize the area. The downtown area has been in deep trouble for 40 years and in spite of the many “studies” and “consultants’ reports” over those years, it only continues its decline. It isn’t going to change for the better, irrespective as to post office location, a parking garage, and any other consideration. It is finished. City council should declare it deceased, hold a funeral service, and move on. — Bill Anderson ·

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