Two months after the U.S. Postal Service announced that the post office serving the 16125 ZIP code area will remain in Greenville, plans for the new site are still in the beginning stages.

�Our real estate folks are still conducting their due diligence procedures and this is normally a lengthy process,� said Tad Kelley, a public affairs representative with the postal service�s office that covers western Pennsylvania.

A new post office will be built on a vacant lot at the southwest corner of Main and Second streets. The postal service has finalized the purchase agreement with the property�s previous owner, Venetia Properties Inc. of Greenville, but postal officials would not disclose how much money was involved, Kelley said.

Design plans for the new post office are still in the works and a date has not been set for ground-breaking nor has a construction timeline been established, he said.

�There is much still to do,� Kelley said.

Before construction can start, there must be environmental site work, appraisals, title clearances and other real estate considerations, which are normal steps when purchasing any parcel of land, he said.

The postal service owns the current post office building on Clinton Street. Once the new post office is up and running, the old one will be turned over to the postal service�s asset management department, which will begin the process of disposal.

That means the department will take whatever steps are necessary that lead to the postal service no longer owning the building, Kelley said.

�This is far off, as we are not even at the breaking of ground phase yet,� he said.

Postal officials have said the Clinton Street building cannot be torn down because it�s on the National Register of Historical Places.

Greenville borough council in October sold property near the site of the new post office at South Front and South Second streets and were concerned that would interfere with construction of the new building.

�This has no impact on the project and does not involve the postal service,� Kelley said.

The current post office building is 73 years old and in disrepair. Postal officials determined it would cost about the same to build a new post office as it would to renovate the old one.

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