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  • Official word comes of Blue Springs post office closure

  • After months of waiting, Blue Springs has finally received the official notice regarding the plans for the Main Post Office in Blue Springs. “This is a follow up to our announcement in December 2012 regarding plans for the Main Post Office in Blue Springs,” said Russ Rainey, vice president ...
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  • After months of waiting, Blue Springs has finally received the official notice regarding the plans for the Main Post Office in Blue Springs.
    “This is a follow up to our announcement in December 2012 regarding plans for the Main Post Office in Blue Springs,” said Russ Rainey, vice president of facilities, in a letter to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. “After further assessment, the Postal Service is proceeding with its relocation project.”
    In August the U.S. Postal Service announced it plans to close the downtown post office in Blue Springs, moving all operations to the Blue Springs Annex, which is less than a mile away. Those plans were further cemented during a presentation to the Blue Springs City Council in December.
    The announcement comes just days after the United States Postal Service decided to end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. Both the change in mail delivery and the closing of the downtown post office location are efforts to save the postal service money. It lost $15.9 billion in 2012.
    The annex has about 22,000 square feet compared to just more than 11,000 square feet at the downtown location. The U.S. Postal Service estimates that in order to handle retail operations, equipment and the 43 carrier routes in Blue Springs, about 18,000 square feet is needed. The annex, 500 S.W. South Ave., is east of Missouri 7 and just north of Hy-Vee. Renovations will have to be made to the annex before any services are moved. Once relocation is completed, the downtown facility will be sold.
    Kim Nakahodo, communications manager for the city of Blue Springs, said the city is preparing a formal letter of appeal. Community members and business owners also have the option to appeal the decision, which must be received within the next 30 days.
    Letters of appeal can be sent to Vice President, Facilities c/o Russ Rainey, Facilities Office, 7500 E. 53rd Ave., Room 1108, Denver, CO. 80266-9918.
     
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