UPDATED - 3 p.m: U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Terri Penland says the post office still has not made a final decision on whether to close the Hardesty sub-station.
Rather, she said, the low-key announcement to close this week was a miscommunication by postal officials and employees at the sub-station.
The moving vans? Penland said that by getting all the old equipment, furniture, wall hangings and other itemts out, engineers can get a better look at the building to determine if it is safe for customers and employees.
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Earlier today: U.S. Postal Service officials are wasting no time in their secretive plans to shut down the Hardesty Post Office.
This morning moving vans with U.S. Postal Service logos were backed up to the sub-station and postal employees from downtown were hauling desks, file cabinets and other items out of the post office.
On Wednesday, postal officials arrived unannounced at the Hardesty Post Office and told employees there they had to be out by March 31. Neighborhood associations, who were also taken by surprise by the announcement, are now scrambling to find out what they can do to save the post office that has served Northeast residents for decades.
Already some neighborhoods are organizing to contact their local, state and national representatives to voice their concern.
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U.S. Rep Emanuel Cleaver's office
U.S. Sen. Clair McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Kit Bond
State Rep. John Burnett
Mayor Mark Funkhouser