USPS finalizes plans to close downtown Reading post office

Operations to be relocated to smaller building in center city, officials say

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Published: Oct 04 2013 01:53:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 05:53:02 PM EDT

The United States Postal Service has finalized plans to relocate its downtown Reading operations to smaller facility, officials said Friday.

The post office will close and sell its current facility at North 5th and Court streets once it finds another building for its center city operations, said Ray Daiutolo, a spokesman for the postal service.

The postal service announced plans in August to close both the downtown post office and its carrier annex at 1910 N. 5th St. 

Plans are for the mail carriers currently based at the downtown post office and at the annex to be relocated to the Gus Yatron Postal Facility on North 13th Street, officials said.

The Yatron facility has undergone its own changes in recent months. A decline in mail volume forced the post office to consolidate mail processing operations and end that work in Reading. The changes were expected to save the USPS $7.2 million dollars each year, officials said.

Mail service will not be interrupted by the current changes being made, Daiutolo said.