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Highland Post Office set to reopen


The rebuilt Highland Post office lobby will reopen for business by the end of July, after a woman reportedly set fire to the lobby last year. The fire in the lobby caused at least $100,000 in damage.

The rebuilt Highland Post office lobby will reopen for business by the end of July, after a woman reportedly set fire to the lobby last year. The fire in the lobby caused at least $100,000 in damage.

The damaged Highland Post Office lobby is now open for post office box holders, but still no retail services. Construction crews are still on site.

The Spinal Column has been unsuccessful during the closure period to get anyone from the Highland faculty, the USPS office in Detroit or Washington DC headquarters to officially comment on the potential opening date and reconstruction progress. People at the facility have chosen not to comment either on or off the record because they are not authorized. The current Postmaster has been unavailable during the past month.

Residential mail sorting and deliver trucks were transferred to the Davisburg facility, which is still happening.

As of late June, post office box holders have been allowed into the lobby to access their PO Box mail during construction, but only between 10 a.m. until 2p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 1p.m. pm Saturdays.

Meanwhile, the search continues for the woman believed to be responsible for setting the fire at the Highland Post Office on Sunday, December 26, 2021, which began at about 10:30p.m. and destroyed the lobby area, according to Oakland County Sheriff’s office.

The post office has surveillance video of the incident, which shows a woman entering the lobby, igniting a piece of paper and placing it inside a trash receptacle. The suspect was wearing a black hat gray coat and white tennis shoes. She was carrying a red handbag.

Because the fire is considered to be an arson, there is a reward of up to $5,000 from the Arson Prevention Reward Program. An additional $1,000 reward is offered by Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAKUP. Callers may remain anonymous.

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