USPS Considers Selling Main Topeka Post Office

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- In an effort to streamline its costs, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering selling its downtown Topeka Main Office Building and the adjacent parking lot and moving to a smaller location within the same zip code.

The building is also home to the former Federal District courtroom where the Brown vs. Board of Education case was heard.

The USPS noted the plan is still just a proposal and they are still wanting to hear from customers. They said a final decision has not been made.

A public meeting has been scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, at the downtown location, 424 S. Kansas Ave., to discuss the project and receive input.

The post office said the proposal is part of an ongoing review of all of its facilities to find "more efficient and cost saving opportunities."

"Business as usual is not an option"

The USPS pointed out that First Class Mail volume is down nearly a third since 2006, helping lead to almost $16 billion in losses in 2012 and around $5 billion last year. It expects those losses to continue indefinitely as Americans' mailing habits change.