PLUM (KDKA) — Hammering nails and hauling wood in Plum. Home builders are hard at work.
In the new development, there are six new homes and more on the way. Some of the homes have mailboxes, and some don’t. Regardless, no one gets mail.
“Who wants to live in a brand new house that doesn’t get mail service?” said Vince Lagrotteria, a homeowner.
Lagrotteria and his family moved into their self-described dream home more than four months ago and haven’t had a single piece of mail delivered since.
They have to drive to several different post office branches to pick up their mail.
“Probably wouldn’t have bought here if there were no mail service to the home,” said Lagrotteria.
For folks up and down the street, there is no straight answer from the postal service.
“They’re calling congressmen, the postmaster trying to get to the bottom of it,” said Judy Grasinger, another homeowner. “Why aren’t we getting our mail?”
A spokesman with the Post Office told KDKA’s Marty Griffin that they have a policy that says they cannot deliver mail into a development until it’s half-finished. In this case, that could be years.
The problem is, developers have never seen that policy before.
Developer John Grasinger: “I’ve never heard that before.”
Griffin: “How long have you been building?”
Grasinger: “Thirty-six years.”
Griffin: “And you have never heard that policy before?”
Grasinger: “Never, absolutely.”
Grasinger has been battling with the Post Office for six months for an answer.
“They had no policy written down. They made it up as they went along,” he said.
But some residents there remain hopeful it’ll still be worked out.