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Downtown Post Office Building Likely To Become Mixed-Use Development

The city had hoped to turn it into a criminal justice complex.


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The old Post Office at 401 Franklin Street occupies 16 acres of prime real estate near Buffalo Bayou. The land is now likely to be turned into a mixed-use development — combining high-rise office and residential buildings with retail space.

“The Post Office site is a gem,” Ralph Bivins, editor of Realty News Report, says. “It’s a jewel. It’s waiting to happen. It’s going to be the cornerstone of what’s going to make Buffalo Bayou a great place.”

Bivins says that any redevelopment would almost certainly have some tie-in to the wider renovation of the waterfront by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

The city had hoped to transform the property into a new police and courts facility. Mayor Annise Parker withdrew the city’s bid earlier this week in the face of stiff opposition from private developers.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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