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New Post Office

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by surfboarder, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    what happened to all the employees from the old location??

    obviously being union (and as strong as Mr Linux suggests) they wouldn't have been fired.

    Sounds to me more like a half-*** solution to meet a requirement that doesn't actually make any business sense and no desire to make it successful... 'just doing what I was told to do'
     
  2. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I believe the other facility (the one they moved to after the Beaumeade location) is still open; it's the one located on Prentice Drive. The original plan when they moved was to move retail and distribution services to the Prentice facility and then split out the retail portion to another location, as they seem to have done here. My guess is employees got relocated to the Prentice location and a few to the new Broadlands location.

    This article published in Leesburg Today back in June 2011 describes the plan to move and then open a new retail location elsewhere (including the possibility of their current location here in Broadlands):

    http://www.leesburg2day.com/news/ashburn/article_5e389388-a287-11e0-9270-001cc4c002e0.html

    The USPS first announced the move from Beaumeade back in late 2010, when the property owners the USPS was leasing the space from informed them the space would no longer be available:

    Quote taken from here: http://ashburn.patch.com/articles/usps-leaving-ashburn

    The Loudoun Board of Supervisors invited residents to comment on this plan/move back in July 2011, even though they had no say on the matter.
     
  3. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Their old location is being converted into a data center, like most of the buildings in that complex.
    The USPS owns property off Belmont Ridge and was supposed to build a new facility there. Those plans appear to be on hold.
    Given the size of this area, it's not surprising to me that they want a new location after the last one closed. It was a busy place.
     
  4. Chsalas

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    I drove passed the old post office off Baumead and those buildings were torn down. I suspect for new building or data center since it backs up to the big data center right off Smith Switch and Waxpool.
     
  5. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    That's correct - that whole area is being turned into a huge datacenter farm.
     
  6. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    a serious question, what kind of jobs do those data centers produce? entry, mid level? can someone working there support a family in this expensive county?
     
  7. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Yes, they can, but if you compare the square footage to the number of jobs, it's not as 'job-heavy' per square-foot as another business. Having worked in datacenters before, there's always people in there, but there are for more 'racks' than humans. If you've never been in a datacenter before, it's a pretty impressive sight. 'Cages' everywhere and rows of servers, etc. Being the Geek that I am, I love just walking around and seeing some of the equipment folks are using, how they are wiring up their racks, etc. There's also a very 'eery' calm in a DC - lights are usually on the low side, the air is very cool and dry, and there's the hum of the cooling equipment. You'll see a lot of folks working while listening to their iPod, etc. Dare I say the first time in a DC is kinda surreal...

    Datacenters do have an impact on surrounding businesses though. Folks in those datacenters need to eat during lunch and dinner and will go somewhere nearby in order to return and get their work done. Datacenters have a core set of employees that work in them everyday, but customers who rent space in those datacenters routinely have folks going to their 'cage' in the DC to work on servers, etc. The same can be said about other customers who won't need to have anyone visit their cage more than 3-4 times a year or even less.

    Datacenters produce a variety of tech jobs. You need electricians and HVAC professionals, since power and cooling are critical components of any DC. You need network engineers, cabling techs, security personel, system admins, etc. You'll also see facility and operations managers, a business team, including marketing, sales, etc. Technical architects, storage engineers, even project managers and other specialists depending on their customer-base. I'm sure there are other types of jobs, but these are the first ones to come to my mind...
     
  8. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    awesome answer linux, thanks!! so it could be good for the so far doomed but slowly improving ashburn restaurant plaza and other places needing a lunch crowd, wonderful!
     
  9. poolabab

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  10. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I'm not sure we're talking about the same facility. The complex we're talking about is owned/run by Equinix I believe, but I could be wrong...
     
  11. JLC

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    I missed a certified letter yesterday but I have to go to the Prentice Drive location to pick it up. It would have been a lot more convenient if it was at the Broadlands' location and I'm kind of surprised that it's not.
     
  12. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I think that's because the Prentice location is a distribution center, and that's where all the mail trucks originate for our area. The Broadlands office is simply a retail location, with no distribution.
     
  13. JLC

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    I went to the Prentice Dr. location today and saw many familiar faces from the old Post Office on Beaumeade.
     

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