Evansville City Council extends Postal Service lease
EVANSVILLE—The Evansville City Council on Tuesday extended the U.S. Postal Service's lease until March 31, allowing more time for construction on the new Water Street post office.
The Postal Service will pay $8,519 in rent for all three months, said Jason Sergeant, community development director for the city. That's about a 50 percent increase over what the Postal Service pays now.
As The Gazette reported earlier, the Postal Service's lease expires Dec. 31. The agency requested an extension to avoid changing locations during the busy holiday season.
Construction is slated for completion at the end of February, and the new post office will begin operating in March, said Sean Hargadon, a Postal Service spokesman.
Applied Technologies of Brookfield was contracted for the job, Hargadon said.
Once the post office is moved, the Eager Free Public Library will have space to start its expansion.
Library staff planned the expansion with the expectation that the post office would remain at its current location until March, said Megan Kloeckner, library director. The lease extension will not affect the timeline for expansion, she said.
Bids for construction at the library are not yet open, Kloeckner said. Construction drawings should be ready in early November.
An estimated completion date will be identified once bids are submitted, she said.
The library has raised $937,973 of its $1 million contribution to the $4 million project, Kloeckner said. The city will contribute $3 million.