Topeka Postal Closure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. post office that has anchored the north end of Topeka’s downtown since the 1930s could become another casualty of declining mail volume.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday it wants to vacate the historic building and put it up for sale.

Plans call for relocating retail customer services to a new, smaller leased space in the same ZIP code. Internal operations would move to nearby postal facilities.

A community meeting on the proposal is scheduled at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the post office auditorium.

The Postal Service is attempting to streamline operations after losing billions of dollars in recent years, including $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012.