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Officials look to relocate main Iowa City post office

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The impact of the financially-strapped United States Postal Service is being felt in Iowa City.

On Wednesday, Post Office leaders announced they are planning on finding a new facility for Iowa City's main post office.

Elaine Carmichael says she uses Iowa City's main post office at least once a week.

"The current location is good for all Iowa City people because it's close, you can get there, and you can get out," she said.

For some 40 years, the building sitting on the southern fringe of downtown has served people living in Iowa City.

It's likely the facility will be the latest victim of the Postal Service's continued financial struggles.

"It's important to us that our residents have access to quality mail service in Iowa City," Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek said.

The Postal Service says the more than $700,000 annual rent is too much and the space too large for declining customer need.

"It's more space than what we need, and we can find something to accommodate our operation that would be much more in line with our budget," said Coralville and Iowa City postmaster Stacy St. John.

In response, Postal Service leaders held a public meeting Wednesday to let customers know the plans to downsize.

"Responsibly we are going to try to remain as close to that area as we can and still accommodate the needs of the customers," St. John said. 

It's a move the Postal Service would like to see happen as quickly as possible, but it's one leaving residents like Carmichael concerned about how easily they can get to the post office the next time.

"That's going to make a difference to a lot of people, I think," Carmichael said.

Officials announced plans to shut down and move operations from Coralville's 10th Avenue post office to a nearby facility on James Street.

The Postal Service says people in Iowa City and Coralville will see no interruption in mail processing or delivery as a result of any changes.

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