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A Rochester apartment building landlord is protesting the fact that his building’s tenants are required to get post office boxes because the building is located too close to the post office on Main Street.

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ROCHESTER — A Rochester landlord is petitioning for carrier postal delivery service to his apartment complex, to resolve what he calls an "unworkable situation" due to his tenants being restricted to Post Office boxes. 

According to Village Clerk/Treasurer Betty Novy, it has long been a complaint that some residents living in the village's downtown area are ineligible for carrier delivery. David Brown, owner of River Springs apartment complex, 300 E. Spring St., most recently brought forth a complaint requesting that his tenants be served.

“He considers (P.O. boxes) a hardship for his tenants, and for him trying to reach his tenants’ P.O. boxes,” Novy said.

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Brown said that often, when a resident moves into his building, they do not tell him their P.O. box number, so he has no way to contact them should he need to serve notices. The U.S. Postal Service cannot legally reveal someone’s P.O. box number.

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And even when he is able to contact them, P.O. box access hours at the Rochester Post Office, 208 W. Main St., are only from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays  and those hours do not jell with some tenants’ work schedules.

“I lose tenants over that because they say it’s primitive,” Brown said. “I lose tenants; I can’t contact my tenants. It’s an unworkable situation.”

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The Postal Service denied Brown’s request for carrier delivery service because, officials said, the 29-unit River Springs complex is too close to the post office at only one-third of a mile away. However, Brown said he also manages two duplexes that do receive carrier delivery on Stephanie Street, which is only about a 10th of a mile further away.

Because of the denial, Brown brought his request to the Village Board, which on Monday moved to request U.S. Postal Service carrier delivery service for the complex.

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