Move over Chelsea Market: This is the re-imagined Houston space redefining retail cool

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

A local developer has plans to turn the old downtown post office into a booming urban ecosystem.

Lovett Commercial held a groundbreaking ceremony at Houston’s former Barbara Jordan Post Office Thursday.

The space

There have been many discussions about what to do with the property at 401 Franklin St.

Festivals -- music, art and food to name a few -- have been held at the property over the past few years, but no permanent plans have been made until now.

What we know

The over 550,000-square-foot building now called POST Houston will become a mixed-use development.

PHOTOS: Renderings of POST Houston development

Lovett Commercial said it will become "a one-of-a-kind urban ecosystem that brings together international cuisine, retail, art, music and innovation."

Here's a look at the property:

  • Over 500,000 square feet of space on 16 acres of land
  • Located at the intersection of I-10 and I-45
  • Features panoramic skyline views
  • Anchored within the Theatre District and directly along Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Walking distance to light rail and bus stations
  • Retail, restaurant and office leasing opportunities available

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