Postal Customer Parking Needs Can Be Met Without Demolishing the Old Frederick, MD, Post Office

GGD-82-92: Published: Jul 16, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1982.

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GAO was requested to review the Postal Service's plans to demolish the old Frederick, Maryland, Post Office. Efforts were concentrated on the need for: (1) offstreet parking for patrons of the new main office; and (2) a letter carrier loading walkway.

GAO believes that: (1) current parking needs are being met, although not in the most desirable manner; (2) future parking requirements can be met without demolishing the old post office building; and (3) the cost of demolishing the old building in favor of providing unneeded parking space should be considered. These conclusions are based, in part, on the Postal Service's decision that it is not absolutely necessary to locate the planned carrier loading walkway in the area behind the old post office building. GAO believes that this area could be the site for 15 to 20 offstreet parking spaces and, when combined with available onstreet parking, would eliminate the need to demolish the old post office.

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