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Postal service to consider closing downtown Iowa City office


For many in Iowa City, the convenience of having a downtown post office may soon be taken away.

The U.S. Postal Service is recommending closing its office on Washington Street and consolidating the branch with the main post office located just a quarter of a mile away.

Still, the idea will be met with opposition from many of the students and business owners alike who use the downtown location on a regular basis.

"I think it's inconvenient because I don't want to walk to the other one which is way busier," said University of Iowa student Nicole Klein.

"I think people are very upset about this.  It's just such a convenient location," said Joni Schrup, an Iowa City business owner.

The reality is that the Postal Service is hurting badly.  Mail volume is down in the recent years by 20 percent.

Unlike other government agencies, the postal service is not supported by tax dollars.

Factor in the decreased mail volume with less customer visits to the post office and increasing delivery costs, and the postal service finds itself in a huge financial mess.

"When you're staring down a $23 million loss each and every day before we even open the doors to the post office, that's a heck of a financial burden to overcome," said Richard Watkins, a Postal Service spokesman.

A source close to the Postal Service tells KWWL officials may look to consolidate offices within nine miles of each other.

While mail carriers will continue to deliver their routes, it is expected that close to two thousand offices may close nationwide, including dozens in Iowa.

"We're simply trying to match our resources with our work load," Watkins said.

Postal representatives will be on hand at the Washington Street post office on April 26th at 1:00 P.M to discuss the possible closure with the public.


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