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Postal officer Derick Ferrer checks out a new community mail room due to open at Grafenwöhr on Feb. 25.
Postal officer Derick Ferrer checks out a new community mail room due to open at Grafenwöhr on Feb. 25. (Seth Robson / S&S)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Three thousand post boxes have been added to a new post office and community mail room due to open here next week in preparation for a massive influx of soldiers over the next three years.

Grafenwöhr postal officer Derick Ferrer, 38, said Friday the new post office and community mail room would open Feb. 25.

The project is part of a $600 million expansion of the Grafenwöhr training area that will see the base grow from a 1,000 soldier garrison with 2,000 military family members to a brigade-sized facility with 4,500 active-duty soldiers and 7,000 family members.

The new postal facility takes over a renovated building that used to house the Post Exchange. A massive new Post Exchange is under construction nearby.

The new mail room has 6,060 post boxes, including 400 for retirees, making it twice the size of the old facility. And at 11,977 square feet, the combined floor space of the post office and mail room is 3,000 square feet more than the old facility, Ferrer said.

There will also be more parking than there is outside the old postal building once nearby softball fields have been converted to a car-park, he said.

Customers will retain their old post box numbers but will get new combinations delivered to their old post boxes before the old community mail room closes, he said.

The move to the new facility will happen Feb. 24. Customer service windows will stay open on Feb. 25 and 26 to help people with the change. Customers can help by picking up their mail from their old mail boxes Feb. 23, Ferrer said.

The old post office building will become a headquarters for one of the units due to arrive at Grafenwöhr, he said.

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