The U.S. Postal Service is trying to purchase the old Albertson's building as a site for its Bountiful post office.
The present location, 750 S. Main, is too small, said Postal Service spokesman Brian Sperry. The 11,646 square feet of leased space can no longer accommodate the postal demands of South Davis County's growing population.Two blocks to the north, the old Albertson's building, at 43,934 square feet, would almost quadruple the space available for postal operations.
The Albertson's location also has about triple the parking and is accessible via Main Street or 500 South.
Sperry said no deals have been finalized and that the proposal still has to be approved by the Postal Service's regional office in San Francisco, Calif.
Bountiful City officials say they have "mixed feelings" about the post office's plans to move.
"We've wanted to relocate the post office for some time," said City Manager Tom Hardy. "It's too small, it has inadequate parking and the location is lousy. The (proposed) location is a great one - great access and plenty of parking."
But the "downside," he said, is that the Albertson's property is currently generating property tax revenue. And, when the store was in business, it was generating sales-tax revenue. So the local taxing entities stand to lose $60,000 to $70,000 a year, if the property is purchased by the federal government, which does not have to pay taxes.
"It's one of those good-news, bad-news things."