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Allentown Post Office building to close, be replaced

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The U.S. Postal Service has decided to move forward with its proposal to sell the Allentown Post Office building on West Hamilton Street. 

The proposal was presented at an Allentown public meeting March 28, which included the presentation of the sale as well as the proposal to secure a smaller footprint in the area for Post Office Box and retail services, said Karen Mazurkiewicz of the U.S. Postal Service corporate communications department in the Central Pennsylvania and Western New York Districts.

The U.S. Postal Service says its goal is to select a new customer service location as close as possible to the current site on 442 West Hamilton Street. Its intention is to not disrupt any services by continuing operation at the existing site until the replacement site is open.

According to Mazurkiewicz, the U.S. Postal Service is making "every effort to avoid any adverse effect" from the sale of Allentown's post office by "complying with the requirement of the national Historic Preservation Act", which protects federally owned buildings with historical characteristics. 

No timetable has been announced for these events. 

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