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August 7, 2014

Prairie Village post office to relocate — within the city

Mayor Ron Shaffer said city staff worked diligently to convince the postal service to stay in Prairie Village.

The Prairie Village Post Office will relocate from 73rd Terrace later this month, but service should remain the same.

The U.S. Post Office’s retail unit, where people drop off mail and buy postage supplies, will move Aug. 18 to the Prairie Village Shopping Center at 6917 Tomahawk Road. Mail carriers will be based out of the postal service’s Shawnee Mission office at 6029 Broadmoor St.

Despite the move, delivery service should remain unchanged for Prairie Village residents, said Stacy St. John, a postal service spokesperson said.

The postal service informed the city in 2012 that the office would be relocating to one of six locations; three were in Prairie Village, but the other three were in Overland Park. Mayor Ron Shaffer said city staff worked diligently to convince the postal service to choose a location in Prairie Village. Letters were sent to U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who Shaffer said helped lobby the postal service to stay in the city.

Shaffer said keeping a post office branch in Prairie Village is important because it’s both convenient for residents, and it helps the community keep a hometown feel.

“We want to keep residents close to home, and this is another way to do that.” he said.

The move comes as the lease at the current location on 73rd Terrace near Mission Road expires. When leases expire, St. John said, the postal service looks at relocation options that save money without impacting customers.

“It’s a good time to evaluate what space we need,” she said.

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