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Post office out, green grocer in

Published 10:47 am, Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • The New Canaan post office will be leaving its present location in January of 2014 for an undetermined new space. An organic grocery will take its place by summer of 2014. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods
    The New Canaan post office will be leaving its present location in January of 2014 for an undetermined new space. An organic grocery will take its place by summer of 2014. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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The post office will remain in New Canaan, Joe Mulvey, the real estate specialist for the postal service, told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday morning.

"As I sit in front of you today, our intention is to keep service in the community," Mulvey said.

The post office will leave its location at Pine and Park streets by Jan. 31, but has yet to find a new site.

Mulvey said he's looking for a location with at least 1,840 square feet of space and a big enough parking lot to get mail trucks in and out.

He said if an ideal long-term space cannot be found, a six-month lease in a temporary spot would be agreeable while he continues to look.

"In the event that we are unable to find a permanent solution or a temporary solution in an existing building, as a final, last alternative, we have been looking at our inventory of trailers, or leasing or building out a trailer," he said. "That is a last resort."

Resident Harlan Anderson suggested the post office look at the Bank of America building on Forest Street and Locust Avenue. Bank of America acquired the building years ago, but it has been vacant for some time, since the bank also has a branch on Elm Street. Mulvey said the building was on his radar.

In place of the post office will go an organic grocer -- Mrs. Green's Natural Market, according to property owner Harry Traub, of Elm Street Partners. The Westchester, N.Y.-based Mrs. Green's has been expanding in the area, with 11 locations open in Connecticut and New York, and eight in the works, including the New Canaan location. Last month, the company opened a location in Wilton.

"This was No. 1 or 2 on the list of things the town was looking for," Traub said after the meeting. "I think the town will be incredibly happy."

Traub expected Mrs. Green's to be open by July or August 2014.

twoods@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6582; @Woods_NCNews