“It’s a pain,” admits Washington Mayor Fred Catlin, referring to the long process of building a new post office in the town.

“It’s taking a little longer than anticipated to get through the hoops from postal officials,” says the mayor, explaining Friday afternoon that the town government and developer Tim Tedrick of Mid Atlantic Postal Properties had finished jumping through one set of hoops “and after that was completed there was a whole other series of hoops.”

Tedrick had told town officials in early August that he hoped to be “moving dirt” for a new post office “September 1.”

“Short and sweet, Mr. Tedrick and company are… completing requirements from the U.S. Postal Service, plus [getting] other approvals…  from the state and local governments. There’s a lot of little things you have to go through,” Catlin explains.

The new 2,000 square-foot post office is slated for Leggett Lane near its intersection with Warren Avenue. It will feature 30 percent more PO boxes that the old post office on Main Street, plus many other interior modern features.

Once construction begins, Tedrick said the building will take “sixty days” to complete.

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