Details about the postal facility planned to be built on East Shore Road are slowly being revealed. Meanwhile, at the Great Neck Village Officials Association (GNVOA) meeting on April 25, the mayors voted in favor of a resolution to oppose its location on East Shore Road.
According to a U.S. Postal Service regional media representative, Pat McGovern, the facility will not be a distribution center, but rather a smaller carrier-sorting annex to service both of Great Neck's retail post offices. It is in the design phase. Mail carriers would sort and deliver mail from the structure slated to be a 2-story, 19,000 square foot, steel frame building estimated to cost between rounded off figures of $10 and $13 million.
The first floor would consist of offices, locker and toilet rooms, lunchroom and mechanical/electrical rooms. The second floor would consist of the workroom, loading area, storage rooms, more toilets and an "investigative office." There would be 79 spaces for employee parking, a loading area and spaces for 15 postal vehicles and 3 semitrailers. Ramps would connect the vehicle areas to the street.
The mayors were not privy to these details of the building at the time of their meeting. According to Village of Great Neck trustee Mark Birnbaum, who proposed the resolution, the village officials were concerned that they had not been apprised of the funding for the building or that it was on a "fast track" until recently. He also expressed a hope that residents would contact their Washington representatives, Ackerman, Clinton and Schumer to express any of their concerns about the location and traffic generated from such a facility.
According to postal spokesperson Tom Gaynor, postal authorities met with the Village of Great Neck in 1999 and presented a preliminary traffic study that indicated that the facility would not have a major impact on traffic. Employees would arrive at work between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., would leave on their routes around 10 a.m. and would leave the annex around 5 p.m.
He added that full design plans will be presented to the village in the fall for review.
The Record had asked the following question: If this plan proceeds, would the U.S. Postal Service grant an easement on the waterfront to allow for the hoped-for construction of a public promenade to encircle Manhasset Bay? Mr. Gaynor said that he could not comment on that request at this time; it would have to be dealt with by officials on both ends.
We will continue to track this story.