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The Lighthouse Point Post Office is forced to find a new home. Give your input at a public meeting at the post office April 25 at 4:30

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The Lighthouse Point post office is forced to find a new home.

BY MARIE PULEO

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is moving forward with its plans to find a new location for the Lighthouse Point Post Office, which must vacate its longtime home at 2091 NE 36 Street due to redevelopment plans for the Venetian Isle Shopping Center.

The city’s post office has been at its current location for the past 51 years.

Lighthouse Point Mayor Glenn Troast and other city officials have been working with the USPS to try to keep the post office within the city, and to make sure Lighthouse Point residents have the opportunity to provide the USPS with input about the relocation project.

On March 16, USPS officials held a federally mandated public meeting in the lobby of the Lighthouse Point Post Office, but because Lighthouse Point city officials hadn’t been properly informed of the meeting, or been given enough time to notify residents, Mayor Troast sent a letter to the USPS in Washington, D.C., and to Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. As a result, the USPS agreed to schedule another public meeting for April 25 at 4:30, during which residents can provide feedback that will become part of the official record and be considered by the USPS prior to making a final decision.

Alternative locations are being sought in Lighthouse Point or Pompano Beach, along Federal Highway, from Copans Road north to 48th Street, and as far west as Dixie Highway. Although a final decision has not been made, the USPS prefers to remain within Lighthouse Point if a site that meets their requirements is available, and will relocate as close as possible to the current facility, according to a USPS official.

The USPS is looking to rent retail space of approximately 3,800 square feet on a site of about 40,450 square feet. The post office’s current location has 3,817 square feet of retail space on a site of 31,527 square feet. The USPS wants the new site to have a loading area for a 53-foot tractor trailer, which the current facility has.

According to the USPS, they received an eviction notice last July from the landlord, Brixmor Property Group, which owns the Venetian Isle Shopping Center.  The long-term lease for the Lighthouse Point Post Office expired last February, and since then the USPS has been renting the location on a month-to-month basis.

The shopping center’s redevelopment plans may eventually include a reconfiguration of the Publix that is currently adjacent to the post office, but a regional media relations representative for Publix said there are not currently any plans in the works. The last “major remodel” of the Venetian Isle Publix was in 1987. According to the representative, Publix generally does a “complete remodel” or “teardown and rebuild” of a store every 25 to 30 years, but nothing is planned currently.

There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 25th at 4:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Post Office. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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