In order to minimize costs associated with delivering mail, the U.S. Postal Service is implementing a policy establishing central delivery as the mode for all new buildings, including in single-family residential neighborhoods.
Central delivery involves the delivery of mail into centralized box units, similar to those found in most apartment complexes.
The city of Alpharetta has begun directing all developers of new single-family neighborhoods to contact the local post master before finalizing their site plans to secure a letter verifying whether or not these units will be required.
“Finding an appropriate site within a neighborhood for placement of a [centralized box unit] could be extremely challenging once a neighborhood has been platted and construction begun,” said Alpharetta Community Development Director Richard McLeod.
“If the postal service is going to require centralized delivery for a neighborhood, it is better for everyone involved to know it as early in the process as possible so that it can be accounted for in the neighborhood’s design.”
According to U.S. Postal Service directives, postal service representatives are required to meet with builders and developers early in the process to ensure the best choices are made and to assess if the mode of delivery conforms to postal service policy.
“So far, the city has not received any communication from the post master indicating they will be pursuing [centralized box units] for existing neighborhoods, but they do have the authority to dictate that,” McLeod said.
“While few post masters have attempted to take such a measure, with the postal service’s balance sheets continuing to be in the red, that could change.”