Winchester Post Office remains open during lease negotiations

By Ryne Turke on May 23, 2016 at 12:50pm

An injunction has been filed to keep the Winchester Post Office open while the building’s lease agreement is ironed out.

Winchester Mayor Rex McInytre says the injunction was submitted over the weekend and is good for ten days.

Winchester residents were notified last week that the owner of the post office building and the postal service were in negotiations on a lease for the building. The original lease deadline was May 20th.

McInytre believes a deal will be finalized soon thanks to the extra time.

“So right now everything is the same? People can come in and get their mail,” asked WLDS-WEAI News.

“Yes. We have contacted our congressmen and senators. We are trying to get them involved and keep it here. I’m hoping by the end of this week we will know something. It is a bureaucracy we are dealing with and there are several people involved. I’m sure a lot of people have to get on board before this is a done deal,” says McIntyre.

McIntyre says the residents of Winchester are “amazed” the post office could potentially close.

“We heard they were looking for a new location because they couldn’t negotiate the lease. We are a bit in the dark on that too,” McIntyre notes.

McIntyre says the City of Winchester has yet to be formally notified of a closure or suspension of the post office.