A study currently is underway by United States Postal Service officials to identify a site for a new post office in the Town of Prescott Valley. They hope to identify a 4- to 5-acre site.
Prescott Valley Mayor Kell Palguta said in a December Facebook post he’d been told by Prescott Postmaster Brian Wade the USPS was looking for a suitable property within the town for an expanded post office.
It could take 18 months to two years to complete a facility. However, retrofitting an existing building would not take that much time, Palguta said.
More than a year ago, Palguta and his colleagues contacted members of Congress to ask them to begin exploring the idea of a new post office location.
The request was driven by growth of the community from about 6,000 people in 1985 to almost 50,000 residents currently — and still increasing rapidly.
U.S. Postal Service officials confirmed to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in December that Arizona District postal officials were studying the future of the current facility at 8307 E. Hwy 69. An annex was added at 6545 E. Second St. several years ago to help handle the growing load.
Also supporting the request for the new post office were former Sen. Martha McSally and Arizona congressmen Tom O’Halloran and Paul Gosar. They specifically asked the USPS to move forward quickly to find a site, emphasizing population growth, facility needs and increased volume of mail.