The change to the policy, made in April 2018, said that all new residences, businesses and business parks must have a centralized mailbox, similar to what is seen at many apartment complexes.
According to a booklet written by the USPS for developers and builders, “centralized delivery is our preferred method of mail delivery. Centralized delivery equipment improves delivery efficiency and provides space for large mail items, including packages, which is a great benefit for customer. “
It continues, stating that, “freestanding, pedestal-style outdoor centralized mailboxes are called cluster box units or CBUs. CBUs are ‘package friendly’ because they are designed to accommodate the majority of packages delivered through the U.S. Mail. CBUs also include parcel lockers, which provide separate, locked storage for many packages.
Local developer Philip Craighead said he’s not a fan of cluster mailboxes for single-family homes.
“I’m a little old-school,” he said. “I feel like each home should have a mailbox by the street. I think that cluster mailboxes are OK for apartments and townhomes, but for (single-family) homes, people get used to mailboxes by the street. Plus, it’s more efficient and better for the elderly people. If there are cluster mailboxes, they will have to get into their car and drive to the other side of the subdivision to get their mail, as opposed to walking to the curb.”