The United States Postal Service has informed Mayor Ron Shaffer that it will close the Prairie Village Post Office branch in the near future — but at least one council member says he’ll believe it when he sees it.
Shaffer received a letter from the Postal Service last week in which a representative of the real estate division said the sorting and delivery operations run out of the 73rd Terrace facility would move to the regional sorting center in Mission. The Postal Service has, however, promised to retain a 2,000 square foot retail space in the city. Whether that retail space would remain in the current post office building or be moved to a new location is unknown.
“But they have promised to keep it in Prairie Village,” Shaffer told the City Council Tuesday.
Prairie Village City Councilman David Belz is a letter carrier for the Postal Service, and said local postal workers have been hearing rumors of the Village branch’s demise for years.
“We hear this stuff all the time. We’ve been hearing about this for three years now, and nothing’s happened yet,” Belz said. “I’ll just say, I have my doubts.”
Belz pointed out that the lease on its current Prairie Village space ends Nov. 4, 2013, and it might not make sense to close an operation where the Postal Service will have to pay rent regardless.