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The El Dorado Historic District Commission is expected to consider today a request pertaining to the new location for downtown post office boxes.

Commissioners will convene for a regular meeting at noon in the second-floor conference room of City Hall.

On the agenda is a Certificate of Appropriateness request for the building that now houses several hundred post office boxes that were relocated last month from the El Dorado Federal Center, 101 S. Jackson.

The center was once the site of the El Dorado Post Office, which moved into the Federal Center when it was built in 1931 and remained there until the U.S. Postal Service moved its main operations to a new building on Timberlane in the early 2000s.

The new construction on Timberlane was part of a wave of westward expansion that had begun in the city at the time.

The USPS continued to lease space in the Federal Building for the post office boxes until February.

The postal service then moved the boxes to the former Union Station Café building, 208 E. Elm, after entering into a sublease agreement with the building’s owners, Toddy and Amanda Pitard of Murphy-Pitard Jewelers.

Amanda Pitard is expected to present the Certificate of Appropriateness request today to the historic district commission for signage proposed for the building to denote its new function as a USPS space.

The post office boxes occupy the easternmost portion of the ground floor of the building.

The COA request entails graphic, vinyl letters and numbers on the front door, in accordance with USPS standards.

The new signage will include the USPS logo and list the hours of operation. All existing retail graphics will be removed from the doors and windows on the first floor of the Union building.

COAs are required for most exterior work that is done within the El Dorado Commercial Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Union Building is a contributing building within the district, meaning that it is at least 50 years old and has not been significantly altered from its original, historic appearance.

Historic district commissioners are also expected to hear a presentation from Catherine Barrier, Certified Local Government Coordinator for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Barrier is expected to provide information about online resources for historic district commissioners.

El Dorado is one of about 20 CLG communities in Arkansas.

CLGs are programs that represent partnerships between local governments, the AHPP and the National Park Service to preserve local, historic resources.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or tlyons@ eldoradonews.com.

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