16th Street Post Office To Temporarily Relocate To Silver Spring Library

The move is needed due to Purple Line construction


The U.S Post Office at 8653 16th Street in Silver Spring will move to the Silver Spring Library at 900 Wayne Avenue this summer, according to the post office

Andrew Metcalf

The U.S Post Office on 16th Street in Silver Spring will be relocated to the Silver Spring Library late this summer, according to a postal service spokeswoman.

Freda Sauter, the spokeswoman, wrote in an email that the move will allow the post office to offer uninterrupted service when the 16th Street location closes.

The 16th Street Post Office is at the Spring Center retail strip that’s being demolished to be used as a staging area for Purple Line construction. The post office is the only remaining entity still open at the location.

David Dise, the director of the county’s Department of General Services, said the post office will occupy an approximately 1,000-square foot space on the library’s first floor that will be accessible from the Wayne Avenue entrance.

He said the county can only accommodate the post office for a year; then the community youth arts program, Arts on the Block, will move into the space.

There’s a county parking garage across the street from the library, but the site does not have parking spots in front of the building like the 16th Street location provides.

Sauter wrote in her email that the post office is continuing to search for a location for the post office.

Construction on the 16.2-mile light-rail Purple Line began in August and is expected to be completed sometime in 2022. Once finished, it will connect Bethesda with New Carrollton in Prince George’s County along a network of 21 planned stations. One station is planned for 16th Street where the shopping center now stands.

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