Let­ters could save post of­fice

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Vivien Daven­port of Li­hue said con­ve­nience is the main rea­son she uses the Rice Street post of­fice.

“I don’t use UPS or FedEx, but if it (the post of­fice) is over at the air­port, now I have three op­tions and a dif­fer­ent one might be cheaper,” Daven­port said.

County Coun­cilmem­ber Derek Kawakami ques­tioned the eco­nom­ics of the post of­fice’s plan, liken­ing their cur­rent Rice Street lo­ca­tion to Board­walk or Park Place in the game Mo­nop­oly.

“This is a key piece of real es­tate, and how much of the sale of this lo­ca­tion is re­ally go­ing to fix the prob­lem?” he asked.

Ed Coll of Puhi pointed out this pos­si­ble re­con­sol­i­da­tion at the air­port is in di­rect con­flict with the spirit of the $13 mil­lion re­vi­tal­iza­tion project in the works for Rice Street, us­ing the TIGER (Trans­porta­tion In­vest­ment Gen­er­at­ing Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery) fed­eral grant.

“They want to make this a more walk­a­ble, bike­able and


Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kauai’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion and the gover­nor’s Kauai li­ai­son take notes on the pre­sen­ta­tion by the U.S. Postal Ser­vice’s Greg Shel­ton of Colorado Wed­nes­day dur­ing a meet­ing re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial re­lo­ca­tion of the Li­hue post of­fice.

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