MEDICINE PARK - Mail services are set to change locations yet again as the United States Postal Service nears completion of the new post office building in Medicine Park. Due to an expired lease extension, the USPS had notified residents that all services provided at the Medicine Park Post Office, previously located at 191 E. Lake Drive, were suspended as of Aug. 31, 2019. Stepping up to offer an alternative solution at the time, local business owner Chad Thornton allowed the USPS to install post office boxes inside the Old Plantation Restaurant so residents could continue to check their mail. While the temporary site hasn't provided the option for full retail services to be offered, Lawton Postmaster JT Hoffman explained that the boxes were meant to serve as a temporary means for customers to continue to be able to receive primary mail delivery while a permanent structure was arranged.
USPS officials held an open forum at the town event center on Aug. 23, 2018, informing residents about the looming lease expiration. Outlining viable options for relocation, a discussion was held about the possibility of finding either an existing building to lease with a minimum of 900 square feet and the outdoor area to provide 11 parking spaces, or to search for vacant land that would fit a modular building. Medicine Park Mayor Jennifer Ellis previously said the hunt initially began for a building to lease, but after officials were unable to find anything suitable, they went with option B. After identifying an area of vacant land with access to electricity, water and sewer connections, plus the outdoor capacity to provide the parking spaces required by the USPS, a new building has recently been set next to the Medicine Park Event Center on State Highway 49. Once exterior concrete work has been completed and the inside finished, the Law- ton Postmaster said a Grand Opening Ceremony will mark the start of business. Completion of the Medicine Park Post Office is expected in the next two to three weeks.