As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, it’s pushing for centralized “cluster” mailboxes in single-family subdivisions – not just apartment complexes – to save on delivery time and payroll costs.
It’s working through local planning bodies and contacting home-builders directly, urging the addition of cluster mailboxes as a requirement for development approval. But that’s not sitting well with some developers, who say it would add to their costs and make new neighborhoods less attractive to buyers.
In a “Builder and Developer Information Packet,” Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission got from the postal service’s Tennessee district, centralized delivery in all new developments is described as official USPS policy.