Postal Service lists Village Shops as preferred location for new retail site

Prairie_Village_Post_OfficeThe United States Post Office is staying in Prairie Village.

Except it’s moving.

After more than a year of opaque communications about the future of the long-time post office location at 3710 W. 73rd Terrace, the Postal Service has communicated to Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer that a retail branch will remain in the city.

A letter from Postal Service Real Estate Specialist Angela Kuhl to Shaffer identifies the Village Shops as the agency’s preferred location for the new retail space. 7914 State Line Road, near the intersection with Somerset Drive, is the alternate location the Postal Service is considering.

The letter notes that “While we work toward finalizing this phase of the project we have extended the lease at the existing facility at 3710 W. 73rd Terrace.”

The Postal Service has been looking to consolidate operations in the area for years, and is especially anxious to rid itself of the unneeded mail processing space it has at the 73rd Terrace location. The department held a community meeting in January 2012 during which it announced plans to keep a retail space in Prairie Village — only to come back several months later with the suggestion that said retail space may move to Overland Park.