By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Hinkley residents will soon get a new post office inside the Hinkley Community and Senior Center, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood announced.
The County on Tuesday, May 3 finalized five-year agreements with the U.S. Postal Service and the Hinkley Senior Citizens Club to establish a new 385-square-foot post office inside the center at 35997 Mountain View Road.
“This is welcome news for the residents of Hinkley,” Lovingood said. “Since the post office closed last year, it’s been an inconvenience for local residents. But this corrects all that.”
The new post office at the center will be comprised of approximately 200 post office boxes, one counter, a letter drop and a wicket door at this location, according to the Postal Service. Construction on the new post office facility is expected to take about 60 days. An opening date has not been set but could happen as early as June.
The old Hinkley Post Office, which had been at the same location since 1958, closed on March 20, 2015, due to the termination of the USPS lease upon the sale of the property to Pacific Gas and Electric. Rural delivery of mail has continued in the interim, but postal customers have to travel to the Barstow Post Office, 12 miles away, for other postal services.
A public community meeting was held on June 3, 2015 to discuss the proposed relocation of the Hinkley Post Office. The Club requested County Service Area 70 W consider relocating the Hinkley Post Office to the Center.
The Center is approximately 3,180 square feet in size. Construction of the Center was completed on March 27, 1996, and is located on approximately 2.5 acres of CSA 70 W-owned land. The Center has two large meeting rooms, an office, commercial kitchen, restrooms and storage areas.