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USPS: Interest in substation


Daily News Staff Writer

An estimated dozen parties have expressed interest in taking over the downtown U.S. Post Office substation, spokeswoman Blessie Lochmann said.

"It felt like all of Ketchikan was calling me," Lochmann joked as she described receiving "plenty" of interested phone calls at her Anchorage office.

The current substation at 422 Mission Street will cease operations on Dec. 31.

Notices were posted in Ketchikan post offices informing the public of a two-week period — from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13 — for interested parties to contact Lochmann.

She said the odds are "absolutely" good that downtown Ketchikan will continue to be served by a substation, though the location might change, depending on the application accepted. Some applicants have offered to lease the existing building, others preferred opening in a new location.

Lochmann said everyone who called will receive application paperwork from the service’s contracted office in Denver. They will have two weeks to return the application. Lochmann said time was of the essence to insure uninterrupted downtown service.