July 23, 2008 ATTICA TWP. — Now that the road improvement project in downtown Attica has been completed, other upgrades can move a little nearer the front burner.
One such project is the proposed construction of a new 2,000-square-foot post office to replace the current building downtown.
Township Zoning Administrator Bud Fackler said property at the southwest corner of Lake Pleasant and Imlay City roads has been identified as a future site for a new post office. The property, currently owned by Rick Chapman, is in the process of being purchased.
"The final papers haven't been signed yet and we have no site plan," Fackler stressed, "but we hope to get this project going.
"We've had conversations with the postal authorities," he said. "The (Lapeer County) road commission is good with everything. We just need a set of plans to move ahead.
"Everyone is looking forward to a new post office," Fackler said, "but at this point, all we have are rumors."
The existing post office, constructed in 1958, serves 2,250 rural route customers, along with 142 post box rentals.
Attica Postmaster Denise Silvernale said the existing building has served residents well, but is too small to accommodate current business and eventual growth.
"This post office is just too small," said Silvernale. "We have no room. Parking has also been a big issue for us. There are only two spaces out front."
Silvernale said customers would gain access to the new post office off of North Lake Pleasant Rd.
"It would be nice if we could have a driveway off (old) M-21," she said. "But because of the four-way stop at that corner, it would be a traffic problem."
Silvernale said neither a start nor completion date for the project have been established.