Topeka Postal Closure

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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.

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