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Chronicle Says Move To Southwest Houston Will Redefine Its Future

Newspaper is moving into the old Houston Post building on Southwest Freeway.

It’s back to the future. The Houston Chronicle says its planned move to the old Houston Post building is a chance to redefine the newspaper.

The Chronicle announced this week that it’s moving all its operations to the former Post building near the 610 Loop and U.S. 59 in southwest Houston.  The Hearst Corporation acquired the building when it bought the Post in 1995.  That’s the same year the Post ceased publication.   

Chronicle Chief Operating Officer Paul Barbetta says the building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility that will house print, digital media, and other services.  They expect the process to take about a year and a half.   

“It has full press capacity there. It also has, our distribution operations works out of the Houston Post building and also we have some our advertising sales folks are located there, so it’s about 40% occupied at the moment.”

So what will the building look like from the outside? Barbetta says they’re still working on the exact plans.

“You know, it certainly needs a new facade and some work there. We’ve made a lot of internal improvements to the building, but the bulk of the work still has to be done, and there’s really no timetable until you really get your architectural engineering vision on paper.”

As for the Chronicle’s current building downtown on Texas Street, the paper says it’s exploring all its options.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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