Upper Arlington will have a new post office to replace the existing facility at 3700 Riverside Drive within a year, a United States Postal Service representative reported to city council Monday night.

Upper Arlington will have a new post office to replace the existing facility at 3700 Riverside Drive within a year, a United States Postal Service representative reported to city council Monday night.

The decision to close the Riverside Drive distribution facility and open a smaller, retail-only location is part of the postal service's nationwide consolidation effort to save money and increase efficiency, said Richard Hancock, real estate specialist for the USPS Eastern Facilities Service Office.

"We realize that we have basically too many facilities, so we're right-sizing," he said. "We're looking at providing a new facility here in Upper Arlington. We're looking for approximately 3,000 square feet."

Consumers will be able to send packages, buy stamps and do everything else they're currently able to do at the Riverside Drive facility, but distribution will be handled at Columbus' main post office at 850 Twin Rivers Drive, Hancock said.

Everything will stay the same with new post office, but "the delivery of your mail will just come from a different location," he said.

The new post office will most likely be located in an existing space in the 43221 ZIP code, Hancock said.

"Our preference is for a preexisting space that is built out for postal needs," he said.

In the process of location scouting, USPS representatives will narrow down the choices to three sites and seek public input on which would be the most convenient, Hancock said.

"We'll say to the public, 'We have these three locations. What one do you like best?'"

In other business Monday night, council member Linda Mauger, chair of council's newly-formed Stay UA subcommittee, said the pilot program will continue for another six months while the subcommittee determines the program's long-term viability. The subcommittee also includes Mary Ann Krauss and Erik Yassenoff.

The city launched Stay UA in April as a six-month pilot program to assist elderly residents in need of social services. A part-time service coordinator fields non-emergency calls received by the Upper Arlington Division of Fire and makes referrals to the appropriate agencies.

National Church Residences and the John Glenn Foundation provided $30,000 to launch Stay UA. The John Glenn Foundation has agreed to provide funding to extend the program for an additional six months, Mauger said.

"Everyone agreed it was a very worthwhile program and should continue" when the subcommittee met for the first time on Sept. 24, Mauger said.

Yassenoff said representatives of the fire division, Commission on Aging and Northwest Counseling gave input at the Sept. 24 meeting.

"Everybody agreed that the six month extension in order to do further review was acceptable," Yassenoff said.

The subcommittee's goals include establishing performance review measures and long-term funding to continue the Stay UA program, Mauger said. The subcommittee will meet again on Oct. 5 to devise a plan for the Stay UA Conversation event, a gathering of service providers to be held at the Upper Arlington Senior Center on Oct. 15.

"I believe we will be able to develop a framework that will enable the program to be replicated in many other communities," she said.

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