HISTORIC BETHESDA POST OFFICE NOW UP FOR LEASE (PHOTOS)
Work has been going on inside the old Bethesda Post Office on Wisconsin Avenue, near the Hyatt Bethesda hotel, for weeks. Now the historic building is on the market. The postal branch was turned over to Donohoe development last year, in a rapid closure of all of Bethesda post offices that raised questions about the level of developer and politician involvement.
The new post office at 6900 Wisconsin Avenue has no convenient parking for customers, much less customers with disabilities. It is also too far from the center of town.
Only now is the property on the market for lease, because the USPS blundered in its negotiations, and was forced to pay Donohoe rent until now. That despite having vacated last year.
USPS has made no effort to find a new downtown site, and also never followed through on its promise to open a second branch in the 20816 zip code.