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Cooling economy stalls relocation of post office

Plans to move Truckee’s post office out of downtown are on hold in the face of fiscal concerns.

The U.S. Postal Service first announced its intention to replace both the downtown office and the Deerfield Drive office with a new, larger building back in February.

Since then, the Postal Service explored a number of properties, settling on one a half mile north of downtown where the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station currently resides, despite some protests from the town.

But now those plans are on hold while the Postal Service assesses their financial situation.

“We got an e-mail correspondence from the Postal Service that says to business and budget challenges they are pulling the plug on this project and many others,” said Tony Lashbrook, Truckee town manager.

Teresa Rudkin, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service confirmed that plans have been halted, but said a final decision won’t be made until the end of the fiscal year in September.

“The post office, like everybody else, is having issues with the economy, rising fuel costs, and our mail volume,” Rudkin said.

This means any projects that aren’t past the point of no return will be deferred, but doesn’t necessarily mean plans for Truckee will be killed.