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Dover Post Office will be moving to new S. Queen Street site

Kelli Steele
Delaware Public Media

The Dover Post Office has a new home.

Work to find a new location for the Dover Post Office started in 2017.


It ended with the U-S Postal Service (USPS) recently completing its purchase of the old Chesapeake Utilities property on S. Queen Street.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen says it’s a great choice,


“I’m really excited that we were able to find a location for the Post Office in the Downtown Development District area,” said Christiansen.

Christiansen adds the new location represents a significant investment by the USPS into its future in Dover.


“Because it’s a rather large property. And it’s going to allow them room to expand," said Christiansen. "And hopefully in the future, the City of Dover and their delivery area and their service area is going to expand.

The Postal Service has not announced when it will vacate the current post office on Loockerman Plaza for the new site.  The Dover Post Office has been at that location for more than five decades.

Christiansen says the current Post Office building belongs to the federal government and discussions continue about giving it to Dover for use as a possible museum.


“Under GSA current rules, we understand that the building has to be destroyed," said Christiansen. "But we’ve had a number of inquiries to Senator (Tom) Carper and Senator (Chris) Coons offices to see if that building can be repurposed for other uses.”


The lease on the current property expired last month. The Postal Service will own both the property and the building at the new site.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.