New post office

An artist’s rendering of the Live Oak Post Office in the old Pic ’N’ Save building.

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Nearly six months after the move was announced, the location of the new Live Oak post office is known.

Gabrielle Redfern, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, told the Live Oak City Council at its meeting Tuesday night that the United States Postal Service will be relocating the post office to the old Pic N’ Save building on U.S. Highway 129 on the north side of town.

During Redfern’s update on the post office, she said the USPS presented a lease to Dana Burnam, with Live Oak Investments, for 12,318 square feet of the property in June.

That would leave approximately 1/3 of the building to be leased to other tenants, Redfern said.

The relocation of the post office is expected to be complete by May 2020.

Floyd Wagoner, a spokesman with the USPS, said it indeed does have a lease agreement for the building and will move by mid-2020. Until that time, retail services will continue to be available at the current location.

In November 2018, the USPS announced it was considering moving the post office from its historical building, which turned 103 years old in June.

Representatives from the USPS attended a city council meeting in December 2018 and met with interested residents in the city hall conference room that night while also encouraging feedback to be sent for consideration.

At that December meeting, USPS representative Sandra Rybicki said the USPS would be looking for an approximate 7,700-square foot building on more than 1.5 acres with room for at least 50 parking spaces for staff and customers in a potential new location.

In April, the USPS announced it would indeed be moving the post office but had not yet determined the new location.

In announcing the decision to relocate from the historic post office at 400 Ohio Ave. S, the USPS said it anticipates providing the same services at the new location as it does at the existing post office.

The current post office is listed for sale through Rockford Realty locally for $465,000.

Redfern said the USPS also began the process of transferring the historical property out of federal control in June and that the state’s historic preservation officer with the Department of Historical Resources in the Florida Department of State has agreed that the post office is a historical building and needs preservation, encouraging the USPS to submit an application for the building to be placed on the national register of historic places.

After asking if the council could do anything to help make sure that application is filed, Councilman Don Allen requested that a resolution be prepared for the city’s November meeting stating that intent.

Jamie Wachter is the editor of the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press.

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