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Dry Ridge gets new post office

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By Bryan Marshall

After nearly four decades in the same location, the Dry Ridge Post Office will be moving later this year.

Construction on a new $1 million facility on 1.4 acres of land at the corner of Brentwood Drive and U.S. 25 will likely begin in May.

Midland Retail of Montgomery, Ohio and Rockwood Properties of Sycamore Township, Ohio will build the 4,800-square-foot building, which is estimated to take about four months to complete.

It will replace the current 1,500 square feet of leased space in the Dry Ridge City Building at 31 Broadway.

“I am so thrilled,” said Betty Milner, postmaster of the Dry Ridge Post Office.

“I’m teary-eyed when I say that because we really need one,” she said.

Milner has been with the post office for 30 years.

With limited parking and space inside the post office, a new facility was needed, she said.

“We have no room to walk. We’re really super crowded,” she said.

The current post office was built in 1971, along with the city building under Mayor Howard O’Banion.

The post office leases the space from the city for $1,658 per month, according to city officials.

“It will be less money that we’ll have, but it won’t be a whole lot,” Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper said about losing the tenant. “Sure, we’ll lose some revenue, but it won’t have a big impact. I think it’s been a good location myself, but I know they need more room and parking and everything.”

Crupper said city officials have not discussed what the vacant space will be used for once the post office moves into their new location.

“They’ll be in there as long as it takes to build a post office,” he said. “We’ll either keep it ourselves or try to rent it out. We have plenty of space, I think.”