Town of Washington loses bid to keep its historic Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service says a final decision has been issued to relocate the Washington Post Office into a new 3,000 square foot facility to be built two miles south of the county seat on Bank Road, just across from Union Bank & Trust.

USPS real estate specialist Rick Hancock, who is based in North Carolina, told the Rappahannock News Friday that a decision previously announced Sept. 1 by Jeffrey Becker, USPS Northern Virginia District Manager, to move the post office to Bank Road off Route 211 will stand.

Hancock said for the last two months Becker’s decision was “put on hold” to allow “for due diligence” of a last-minute proposal by Washington town officials to keep the post office in the county seat, where it’s been located for 215 years.

That said, it’s now been decided that the new post office will be built on what is officially “Lot 5 of the Rappahannock Commons Professional Center.” The property is owned by longtime Harris Hollow resident Jimmy DeBergh.

“If it’s got to be out of the town we are glad we got it,” DeBergh told the News. He said he was officially notified by the USPS on Wednesday that they would move the post office to his location, an area of Rappahannock earlier approved by the county government for future commercial development.

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