Peachtree Corners eyes post office to strengthen identity

LAWRENCEVILLE - Cityhood might not be for Peachtree Corners, but it sure wouldn't mind having its own post office, according to community leaders.

They say having a free-standing post office and ZIP code would help strengthen the area's identity and further carve out its place in Gwinnett County - something that is a constant goal for Peachtree Corners boosters.

Thoughts of a Peachtree Corners post office are nothing new. A homeowner network pursued it in the past, and it remains on the group's wish list, although no action is currently being taken.

Pat Bruschini, president of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, said a Peachtree Corners post office would enhance the unincorporated area's sense of community.

"You like to say you're from Peachtree Corners, but that would make it more quote, unquote, official," Bruschini said.

The well-manicured area tucked between Norcross and the Chattahoochee River is now served by a branch of the Norcross post office. Located on Spalding Drive, the facility is officially known as the Peachtree Corners branch.

If it was changed to a free-standing post office, residents would begin putting Peachtree Corners instead of Norcross as their return address, and in-coming mail would say Peachtree Corners.

Some in Peachtree Corners have already begun putting their community name on the mail - it is delivered as long as the zip code is correct - but changing the branch to a post office would make the informal practice official.

Getting a branch switched to a free-standing post office is no easy feat, said one UPCCA member familiar with the past efforts.

Wayne Knox, a vice president with UPCCA, said it must be proven that carving out a new post office benefits postal patrons and makes mail delivery more efficient.

A Postal Service spokesman said there is no process for creating a new post office simply to improve a community's standing.

"We do get those requests from time to time by a community that wants a post office of its own so they will have that community identity, but our position is that post offices are not created for community-identity purposes," said Michael Miles, spokesman for the Postal Service's Atlanta district. "They are established for serving customers."

While Peachtree Corners might have to get federal officials on board, they already have the backing of one local official. County Commissioner Bert Nasuti, who represents the area and lives there, said he's all for Peachtree Corners getting its own post office.

"I think it would be nice to see that happen," Nasuti said. "It would further the identity of the community."

Fortifying the community's identity is an effort that began some time ago.

Signs were erected more than a year ago along main routes into the area saying "Welcome to Peachtree Corners," and in coming months "sign toppers" emblazoned with the community's name will go atop street signs.

In October, homeowners that fall under UPCCA's umbrella overwhelmingly said they had no interest in turning the area into a municipality.