Newhall Post Office set to open in one week

The Newhall Post Office located at 23736 Lyons Ave. Dan Watson/The Signal

After several delays and rescheduled openings, the Newhall Post Office at 23736 Lyons Ave. will finally open its doors to Santa Clarita residents within a week.

“The retail operation should open Monday, March 20th,” United States Post Office Spokesperson Susan Recchia said.  “A week from today the new boxes will be moved and they will open for operations.”

Recchia said those with Post Office Boxes at the post office’s temporary location, at 24201 The Old Road, will be alerted of the P.O. Boxes’ move through a public notice.

Construction concerns and difficulties with the parking lot delayed the post office’s opening four times.  It was originally scheduled to open in November 2016 before it was delayed to open in mid-January 2017, then Feb. 6, 2017 and lastly Feb. 27.

These parking lot delays were due to requirements set by the Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP), adopted by the Regional Water Quality Board in 2000 to address stormwater pollution for development projects.

According to the SUSMP, a building’s owner must install a mitigation filter to handle water runoff from a location’s parking lot.

Carrie Lujan, communications manager for the city of Santa Clarita, told the Signal in January that the project’s engineer, CRC Enterprises, submitted a SUSMP for installation of the device in the parking lot at the end of last year.

The Newhall Post Office has had a tumultuous three years, moving to three separate locations due to lease agreements and construction.

In November 2014, the original Lyons Avenue post office was moved to a temporary location set up at 25549 The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch.

Residents, upset with office’s move out of Newhall, petitioned for the post office to be reopened in the area.  In May 2015, USPS began looking at moving the Newhall Post Office back to Newhall.

Before it could open, the location announced in August 2016 that it was being evicted from its temporary location at 25549 The Old Road.

During this interim period, from August 2016 to present, the Newhall Post Office has been operating from another temporary location at 24201 The Old Road.

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