I’m close to wrapping up renovations on a small mixed-use property I purchased last year and have had no luck getting answers from USPS about the best way to set up mailboxes, so I figured I’d ask here. The property has two apartments on the top floor and a commercial space on the bottom floor that I’ve leased to a local marketing agency to use as their office.
I had thought the best solution would be to put a three-compartment, stand alone mailbox near the curb, but apparently the city codes don’t allow that. So as far as I can tell, I have a few options. I’ll list them in order of what I see as most realistic to least realistic, but I welcome other ideas.
Two-compartment mailbox mounted inside for apartment tenants; office tenant receives mail separately. The main downside I could see is that the postal worker would need two sets of keys and this could lead to some confusion. Three-compartment mailbox mounted inside. This would have to go just inside the front door leading to the upstairs apartments because the residential tenants won’t have access to the office. Only downside here is the office tenant would need access to the stairwell leading to the apartments. Three separate single-family-house-style mailboxes mounted outside. Doesn’t seem very aesthetically pleasing. Three-compartment mailbox mounted outside. This doesn’t seem like a great solution because all the three compartment mailboxes I’ve seen are the kind you see in apartment buildings and are placed inside the wall. Drilling through an exterior wall to place mailboxes doesn’t seem like a realistic solution.
I know the best way to get answers would be to speak to USPS directly but I’ve tried for weeks to speak to someone who can help and have not been able to get ahold of the right people. So any advice is much appreciated.