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Dover Post Office finally gets new home

Emily Lytle * Delaware
elytle@doverpost.com
Dover Post

The Dover Post Office will have a new home at 350 S. Queen St., the old Chesapeake Utilities building. After working with the city for about two years to find a location, the U.S. Postal Service bought it March 30. The move will end a tenancy at 55 Loockerman Plaza that’s lasted over five decades.

Mayor Robin Christiansen said city staff favored the property early on since it was in the Downtown Development area and offered significant space and parking.

“It’s finally happened, and I think it’s something that will be beneficial for the folks that use the post office,” he said. “It’s going to be a win-win for the city and the postal service.”

By keeping the post office downtown, Christiansen believes it will attract more people and businesses to the area.

“It’s going to create new small businesses downtown. When this is all over with, what we’re going through, it will be beneficial to the city of Dover,” he said, referring to the pandemic. Many downtown businesses are now closed until the governor lifts his emergency order.

Though finding a new location has taken a long time, R&R Commercial Realty, the brokerage that closed the deal, says it’s been worthwhile.

“It’s a good outcome for the post office,” broker and owner Charles Rodriguez said in a press release. “We [have] looked at a lot of different sites with them and ultimately the old Chesapeake Utilities building met all their needs. It’s ideal because they’re still able to stay in the downtown corridor and they don’t have to split their operation up into separate sorting and retail locations.”

The new location also represents an investment in USPS’s future in Dover, Rodriguez said. The Loockerman post office was on a ground lease from Dover due to be renewed in 2020.

“With this, USPS will now own both the property and the building, giving it the ideal facility to conduct business for years to come. R&R was happy to be a part of that process,” he said.