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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Residents showed up in full force to express their disapproval of the plan to move the Lee’s Summit’s downtown post office. The post office says it's a cost saving measure.

Residents say it would be a big nuisance. Right now, the post office is considering moving the office from its location at 210 South Market Street to a space that's almost a mile-and-a-half away.

Postal officials argue that about 75 percent of the building it's currently housed in isn't being used, yet they're still paying to run it. Some 1,200 box owners would be relocated.

Residents want them to consider other options, such as finding another spot downtown. It's not just private individuals who spoke about the inconvenience it would cause, but business owners like Geri Watts of Wedding Expressions by Geri.

"We mail a lot of dresses out of town to bridesmaids to have to get in car, takes me out of the store quite a bit,” she said.

Some postal workers said Wednesday night if the decision is made keep the location downtown, but move it to a store such as a Hy-Vee, the business would hire its own workers, and the postal workers would be out of jobs.

Another resident pointed out that the proposed move would coincide with the Jefferson Overpass reconstruction, making it very difficult for drivers to get to the new location. The comment phase has been extended until the end of February if you'd like to chime in. You can also mail comments to:

Marla J. Larsen-Williams, Real Estate Specialist, United
States Postal Service, Facilities Implementation Team A, 500 E. Fullerton Ave.,
Carol Stream, IL 60199-7000