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The U.S. Postal Service is planning to move its White Flint Mall location to a permanent spot outside the mall, according to an Oct. 1 statement from USPS.

Ken Hartman, director of the county’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, shared the postal service’s statement from Tom A. Samra, vice president of facilities, on Twitter.

The post office inside the mall has to move because of plans to tear down the mall, which is owned by Lerner Enterprises, and redevelop the land. The postal service’s lease for the site expires May 31, 2014, and Lerner has elected not to renew the lease, according to the USPS statement.

Francine Waters, managing director of transportation and smart growth for Lerner, had previously said that the mall would like the post office to be part of the redeveloped property. The post office would not be able to stay in the mall while the redevelopment is underway, however, and Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist for USPS, said the postal service would prefer a permanent location over moving to a temporary site while Lerner is doing construction at the mall site.

The postal service has not yet selected a new site for the White Flint-area post office, but it is looking for one as close to the current site as possible and within the same ZIP code, according to the statement. White Flint Mall is in a Kensington ZIP code, but much of the area the county calls the White Flint Sector is in a North Bethesda ZIP code.

The postal service plans to continue services at the existing post office until a new facility opens, according to the statement.

ewaibel@gazette.net