Historic Allentown, PA, Post Office closing, to be sold

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LehighValleyLive.com: The Allentown Post Office at 442 W. Hamilton St. will close and the building will be put up for sale, the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday.

The Postal Service is looking for a new location to serve customers “as close to the current site as possible” and plans to keep the current post office open until the replacement is up and running. There was no timetable for the transition as of Tuesday.

“Our priority is to make sure that we have uninterrupted service, so that’s what we’ll go into this with,” postal service spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said.

Postal Service officials in March presented the proposal to close and sell the post office, “while securing a smaller footprint in the area for post office box and retail services.”

Built in 1933-34, the Art Deco building is a Center City landmark. It has two floors comprising an area of 44,268 square feet, and a 14,820-square-foot basement, according to Lehigh County property records.

“The Postal Service will make every effort to avoid any adverse effect from the sale of the Allentown Main Post Office by complying with the requirement of the national Historic Preservation Act, which aims to protect federally owned buildings with historical characteristics,” states a news release Tuesday on the pending closure and sale.  Read more.

(Related: Historic Post Office in Allentown, PA, may be sold, preservations fear it could be bulldozed)