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Heights Central Station - Mixed-Use Development of Yale St Post Office

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plumber2    184

U.S.P.S should sell this property and maximaize every dollar they can for it. Being there is no zoning at all in Houston, the buyer can put up any type of building they want, residential or commercial, even an Ashby highrise if they so choose (being this site is not near Southampton, or Broadacres, snark snark!).

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mkultra25    474

 

I see someone mentioned in the comments that the Anson Jones post office on Cavalcade is also scheduled for closure. I was just there last week and asked the window clerk about it after noticing a new commercial real estate sign had been put up. She said they were going to be "moving", but hadn't been told where. If that translates to "consolidating operations with an existing facility", then postal services are really going to suck if the closest remaining post office in the area is the facility on 18th. 

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Angostura    361

The post office on 18th is pretty close to the geographical center of the 77008 zip code.

 

If you live pretty much anywhere in the Heights and have your mail held, you'll need to go to W 18th to pick it up.

 

There are over 50 places to buy stamps and 44 collection boxes within 5 miles of the center of 77008. You can buy stamps or print postage online and arrange for package pick-up at your house. There are plenty of ways for Heights residents to interact with the United States Postal Service that don't require USPS to sit on $2.5M worth of valuable, underutilized land.

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mkultra25    474

Heights Post Office to close December 30th, per the attached letter that was placed in PO Boxes there. I figured the formal announcement was coming soon when I was there earlier this week and noticed fresh surveyors' marks painted in multiple spots on the property.

 

 

USPSHeights.pdf

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Triton    8850

 

 

A BRAND NEW multi-building mixed-use development is planned for the site of the former Heights Finance Station post office, which shut down at the end of last year afterbeing declared “no longer necessary” by USPS.  The land on 11th St. between Heights Blvd. and Yale St. will move on, change its name to a less-stodgy Heights Central Station,and start a new life as the site of multiple 2-story lowrises housing ground-floor retail and restaurants with office spaces on top.

 

http://swamplot.com/jilted-heights-post-office-spot-to-move-on-as-a-new-mixed-use-lowrise-complex/2016-02-12/

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Urbannizer    30821
 

 

A Houston developer plans to replace a shuttered U.S. Post Office building in the Heights with a two-story mixed-use development with space for office, shops and restaurants.
 
The full-acre property was scooped up by MFT Interests last month and the development company is in the planning stages of bringing a low-rise project dubbed Heights Central Station to the corner of Yale and 11th streets, said Glenn Clements, the development group's chief financial officer.
 
The existing 1970s-era structure will be demolished. The project will include a pair of two-story buildings with office space on the upper floors and retail on the ground. The developers hope to attract professionals and fitness studios in the office space and perhaps two restaurants and up to eight shops at ground level.
 
Clements said MFT wants the project to have a "retro feeling" to it."We're building it in 2016 but it will look like 1916," he said. Construction is slated to begin later this year and they hope to have the shell of the buildings completed by mid-2017.

 

 
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Urbannizer    30821

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/heights/business/article/Mural-to-be-part-of-Heights-mixed-use-project-6870298.php#photo-9407543

 

A mural by a local art teacher and her students will be part of the redevelopment of a former U.S. Post Office  that is being converted into a mixed-use project in the Heights.

 

MFT Interests, the Houston developer that purchased the former post office at 1050 Yale, said local art teacher at Hogg Elementary Kati Ozanic-Lemberger and her students will paint a mural on the Heights building that will be viewable from Heights Boulevard. The students will paint the mural next week.

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Ross    628

Geez, Chron, it's Hogg Middle School, not elementary. Does no one do any fact checking?

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mkultra25    474

 

A large mural by @wileyart, @ackzilla, and @annaveewins has already been painted on the Yale-facing side of the building - can't find a single pic of the entire width, but here are a couple of Instagram posts of the left and right sections:

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCMD7FKkKvL/

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCWVW0Ol3OK/

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s3mh    246

www.heightscs.com

Just a placeholder website at this point.  Can't wait to see the renderings.  

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s3mh    246

Yuck.  Seems like they are pandering in a big way to Starbucks with the coffee shop drive through design.  Otherwise, it is just a terribly dull strip mall.

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cspwal    1823

If only they could flip the parking lot and the building...

 

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mcook2002    19
36 minutes ago, s3mh said:

Yuck.  Seems like they are pandering in a big way to Starbucks with the coffee shop drive through design.  Otherwise, it is just a terribly dull strip mall.

or any coffee shop that wants to print money.

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Angostura    361

Not shown in the rendering: the two rows of parked cars in front. Another development ruined by parking minimums and setbacks.

 

Also, what are those people on the roof cheering about?

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Angostura    361
36 minutes ago, cspwal said:

If only they could flip the parking lot and the building...

 

 

Or build it like this, with vertical parking in the back, street facing retail in the front.

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Triton    8850

Wow, guess I'm in the minority. I really like it.

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Angostura    361
22 hours ago, Triton said:

Wow, guess I'm in the minority. I really like it.

 

It's no worse than what's across the street, but it'd be nice to have something more street-facing.

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Triton    8850

Nextdoor crowd really likes it too. The developer spoke a lot about it...

 

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wow, they're rough over there on swamplot, lol. we first looked at doing an "urban style" development using a chapter 42 exception, up on 11th street. tenants have trouble getting their heads around that kind of design with 2 storefronts, and it makes me have to cut down trees that we are trying to protect with the Yale Street Green Corridor, which we helped to get into place. Not to mention it doesn't allow a drive through for the indie coffee shop we are working with (NOT Starbucks). also note the stained wood storefronts inspired by turn of the century commercial buildings. (like the firehouse on 12th). we tried to create a design that had a nod to the old style but has a modern appeal too. parking is a city code/tenant demand issue. i would LOVE to not have to pave so much, but this is a car town...just how it is. some prospective tenants think there isn't ENOUGH parking. tenant demand is a huge driver in the design. 

-signed the developer that lives just blocks from the site, in a hundred year old bungalow

 

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