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Sunnyside Post Office staying put...for now

The Sunnyside Post Office building on the corner of Seventh Street and Edison Avenue has been on the market for a year-and-a-half.

Recently, officials thought they had a buyer for the 75-year-old landmark in downtown Sunnyside.

"We believed a sale was imminent," said Sunnyside Postmaster Larry Dekker.

That, in turn, meant local postal employees would have had to pack up and move operations to the carrier annex on Custer Avenue.

But the deal failed because the prospective buyer "decided to do something else with their funds," Dekker said.

He said post office officials are declining to say who the prospective buyer was in case a deal can still be arranged.

It marks the second time in three years that efforts have fallen through to move Sunnyside Post Office services from downtown.

Reasons cited for the attempted move centered on lack of space to house mail carriers and post office boxes in the downtown building. The Edison Avenue building also lacks handicap access to the second floor, making a remodel difficult.

Back in November 2007 a drive to move postal services to the annex came undone due to budget woes.

Though this second effort to move the post office also went for naught, Dekker says the downtown, two-story building is still for sale.

"Things are on hold," Dekker said.

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