Place: Canada Post Downtown Letter Carrier Depot (Website)
Address: 400 McDermot Avenue (Map)
Size: 18,000 sq ft
Status: Opened September 2011
When Canada Post announced that it was vacating their central post office on Graham for a new sorting facility near the airport, they needed to find a new Letter Carrier Depot for the 80 letter carriers who service nearly 10,000 addresses in the downtown and West End, (the R3G postal code).
In 2008 Canada Post purchased the former Midway Chrysler lot on Portage Avenue east of Maryland. Following the announcement a campaign sprang up at the neighbouring Gordon Bell High School who wanted the land for a sports field.
Canada Post and the city worked to find an alternate piece of land for the depot. One proposal was at Higgins and Main but it was rejected for being too far outside the service area. They finally settled on a site on McDermot Avenue between Frances and Ellen Streets, adjacent to the Number One Fire Hall.
In summer 2010 construction began. The facility officially opened in September 2011.
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Photos of the construction:
With fire hall in background