Postal customers in the 16125 ZIP code area will find out within the next month where their new post office will be located.

Mayor Richard H. Miller told borough council at Thursday’s work session he spoke with Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist with the U.S. Postal Service in Greensboro, N.C.

“Mr. Hancock reported he expected to have three locations, two in Greenville and one in Hempfield Township, narrowed down to one site within 30 days,” Miller said.

Hancock refused to tell Miller which three sites postal officials from Greensboro are considering. The postal service in May released a list of 22 potential sites that was then narrowed down to seven.

They invited public comment on the sites, four in Greenville and three in Hempfield Township. Council favors property that extends from the northwest corner of Clinton and Canal streets to Main Street in Greenville.

“I believe there were at least 25 letters from residents and businesses in Hempfield Township who support our favored location. ... It is not often that we can get so many residents and business people willing to work in the same direction,” Miller said.

However, plans for new postal services in the 16125 ZIP code area are not going the way Miller had hoped they would.

Postal officials previously said they would be willing to open a retail outlet in downtown Greenville if the new post office building ends up in Hempfield, but that offer is no longer on the table, he said.

“They need to remove the fourth initial in their name,” Miller said of the USPS abbreviation, referring to the final letter that stands for service.

The current post office, which is in a 73-year-old building on Clinton Street in downtown Greenville, is in disrepair and renovations would be too costly, postal officials said.

The building is on the National Register of Historical Places and an executive order dated May 21, 1996, and signed by former President Clinton prohibits government agencies from abandoning historical districts, Miller said.

That leaves Greenville questioning what to do with an empty 9,000-square-foot building.

“I have no answer because we have no money to retrofit the structure and I have no interest yet from a private developer. If the USPS intends to remove the Greenville post office from Greenville, we obviously will oppose with every resource we can muster,” Miller said.

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