USPS says rebuilding to begin soon

Earlier this month, crews demolished the existing structure, and were pulling core samples to see if the concrete slab is sound enough to build on. Photo by Andre Hernandez.

A statement from USPS, sent by media relations specialist Becky Hernandez stated, “Demolition of the old building has been completed, and the rebuilding process is expected to begin in the very near future.”
We are told that could mean as soon as a couple weeks, though USPS media relations could not confirm that.
“Once it begins, the estimated timeline for completion is 4-6 months,” Hernandez said. “During this time, residents will continue to be serviced out of the Lytle, TX, post office. We continue to work hard to resume operations in Natalia as soon as possible. The Postal Service apologizes for any inconvenience that may have been experienced by customers of the Natalia post office. The Postal Service appreciates the patience of our valued customers.”
It’s been almost a year since the big fire. It was August 22, 2018 when an electrical pole fell on top of the Natalia Post Office and started the fire.
Earlier this July, crews were out demolishing the building except for the 2,000 sq foot slab. At that point we were told core samples will be taken of the concrete slab to see if it is sound enough to rebuild on, or if it will need to be taken out as well.