Meeting To Discuss Future Of Topeka's Main Post Office Draws Crowd

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's main post office could relocate as part of a plan to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

About 50 people, including Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, attended a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of the building.

The U.S. Postal Service announced last Thursday that they are looking to sell its building and parking lot at 424 S. Kansas Ave. They would then lease a 4,100 square foot space.

Attendees believe the current building has some historical significance.

"The trial of Brown v. Board of education occurred here and like they say, it may be the most important post office in the country," said attendee Dan Lister. "And so, people are not taking this lightly."

Officials say a smaller space would be appropriate because much of the building they currently occupy is unused.

The postal service lost $5 billion in the last fiscal year and says the losses will continue as Americans use technology more often.

The building on S. Kansas Ave. is appraised at about $7 million.