The Postal Service plans to sell the building at 180 E. KelloggBlvd. and move to an expanded facility in Eagan, a suburb southwestof St. Paul. The news was disclosed in a letter sent Monday bydeputy postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to US Rep. BettyMcCollum.

"We have made a determination that relocating our St. Paul mailprocessing operations to an expanded Eagan [bulk mail center] is aprudent course of action and is in the best interest of the PostalService, as well as the St. Paul community," the letter says.

Although the move would result in the loss of about 1,400Downtown jobs, city officials welcomed it because it would allowthe construction of a major transit hub, costing an estimated $800million, for light-rail. The hub, near the Mississippi River, wouldmake the city a key link between Minneapolis and high-speed railservice to Chicago and Milwaukee or commuter rail service fromNorth Branch to the north and Hastings to the south.

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