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The U.S. Postal Service's processing center on East Empire Street in Bloomington will become the city's main post office again next year after the closure of the Towanda Avenue facility.  

BLOOMINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service plans to close the Eagle Station facility on Towanda Avenue and move back to its original Empire Street location northwest of Eastland Mall next summer.

The move is anticipated to occur in July 2019, Beverly Howard, a postal service spokeswoman, said Friday.

More information will be provided at a public meeting at 1 p.m. July 31 in the conference room of the Eagle Station at 1211 Towanda Ave.

"We're moving back to where we once were because we no longer have the mail processing operations in that facility," said Howard. "Champaign is doing the mail processing operations that were being conducted at the Empire processing and distribution center."

The Empire Street location also is where mail carrier vehicles are stationed.

In 1999, the post office's customer service operations were moved from 1511 E. Empire St. to the the former Eagle Food Store on Towanda Avenue because space became a problem when the Bloomington facility took over, in April 1997, sorting mail for 62 communities that had been processed in LaSalle.

At that time, local post office officials said another factor for seeking the Towanda Avenue location was the frontage roads around the Empire station made for inconvenient access and traffic congestion.

All of the services provided at the Eagle Station, including manned counters, a self-service area and applying for passports will be available at the Empire Street location.

"All of the employees at the Towanda station will be relocated to the Empire station," Howard added. 

Bloomington also has a downtown post office branch at 400 N. Center St.

Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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