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Oh and according to several Instagram food bloggers and vloggers, Post Houston and Post Market will have it's grand opening November 13.

Last week, Lovett Commercial hosted a hard hat tour for influencers. You can scope out the latest build out updates by searching posts tagging Post Houston or posts geotagged at Post Houston.

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What am I missing? I mean, don't get me wrong, cool interiors and rooftop spaces, but what about the exterior? Most people see this thing from the outside and frankly, its as ugly as its always been! 

With a November opening, seems what you see is what you're going to get -- to me it looks like umm, an old post office processing facility and offices! Why no significant improvements to the exteriors? I mean, not like this place was landmarked or had an exterior with anything worth preserving!

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53 minutes ago, InTheLoopFromNYC said:

What am I missing? I mean, don't get me wrong, cool interiors and rooftop spaces, but what about the exterior? Most people see this thing from the outside and frankly, its as ugly as its always been! 

With a November opening, seems what you see is what you're going to get -- to me it looks like umm, an old post office processing facility and offices! Why no significant improvements to the exteriors? I mean, not like this place was landmarked or had an exterior with anything worth preserving!

They got like $50 million dollars for keeping it historic (not sure if it was tax breaks or what but I read that number somewhere).  You can’t do much with the facade and still get that.

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downtownhouston Instagram posted a video of some of the interior/exterior areas of the POST.

Link: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CU5XpUggpDs/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Along with posthtx Instagram and a fly threw of the complex. They're a private account so I can't directly post the video into HAIF.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUffqfggBlB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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The building is beautiful, I just wish they put more work into the outside landscape/ entrance. Imagine if they built an eye-catching garage on the east or west parking lot and converted the entire front of the building into greenery or something. The outside looks a little, unfinished for something thats practically finished. 

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29 minutes ago, Brooklyn173 said:

I thought someone else would have beaten me to these pix. There was a 'soft' opening tonight (and tomorrow). Only about 15 of the vendors were open and the site is still very much a work in progress. But it is an interesting space and, as promised, the roof views and gardens are spectacular.

Great pics!!!

How hard do you think it would be to get in to this soft opening tomorrow if you aren't invited? Asking for a friend lol

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9 hours ago, Brooklyn173 said:

I had an Eventbrite 'invitation' and no one checked. But I didn't park, I just walked up. My guess is its not a big deal. But you could still probably do an eventbrite sign up if you want to be sure.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/post-soft-opening-nov-6-tickets-203265200687?aff=erelpanelorg

Well having a ticket certainly helps things a bit! I'm definitely gonna go. 

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We ended up going and it was so cool- the rooftop gardens are absolutely gorgeous and have some spectacular views of downtown. We didn’t see some parts- there was a wedding reception, but next time for sure! 
 

It was pretty busy at times- I can only imagine how crowded the grand opening is going to be.

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12 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

What sort of landscaping is planned?
A jewel such as this deserves a great setting.

 

Are you talking about at ground level? It was pretty underwhelming. The walk to the Bagby street improvements left a bit to be desired. They currently stop on the other side of Franklin. 

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Thanks @Brooklyn173 I made it out for a bit Saturday evening with several guest after dinner.  None of them were aware that this building was being renovated but they really enjoyed the experience and took lots of pictures.  Walking around you realize how cavernous the building is and there is the other building on site which I haven't seen any pictures of how it's being developed.  

 

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20 minutes ago, sapo2367 said:

Also stopped by over the weekend. It was really busy for a soft opening, next weekend is going to be PACKED. The skylawn is really cool, there are definitely going to be a lot of weddings etc up there — especially with the sunset. It’s hard to really get a feel for how huge the space is from the photos but the building is massive. I really hope it goes well, there is an opportunity for it to be a great anchor for downtown!! 

went to day for night, and I can confirm, the place is a huge space. 

great shots everyone, I look forward to the first farmer's market so I can convince the wife we need to go :lol:

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On 11/8/2021 at 10:08 AM, wilcal said:

Are you talking about at ground level? It was pretty underwhelming. The walk to the Bagby street improvements left a bit to be desired. They currently stop on the other side of Franklin. 

Although I haven't walked on the improved portion of Bagby St, this corner of downtown has always seemed vaguely hostile - a sort of no-man's land comprised of parking lots and uninviting buildings.
It's pedestrian unfriendly due to aggressive traffic, disorienting street patterns, and a lack of trees and landscaping. A person can't help but feel exposed and vulnerable.
For many of us, crossing a bayou on a narrow sidewalk with low railings (and just inches from speeding cars) is an activity to be avoided whenever possible. 
From all reports, this is a fabulous facility, and although it's only a short distance from other downtown attractions, I wish it wasn't located in one of those "you can't get there from here" areas.
Perhaps someday improvements will be made to allow for more balanced priorities between automotive, bicycle,  and pedestrian traffic. I should live so long.

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48 minutes ago, BEES?! said:

I wanted to go to the grand opening, but I ended up being sick. How has it been? Was it busier than the soft opening, for anyone that’s gone to both?

It was packed. Lines were very long for the food vendors. Many of the office/retail space was converted to lounge space for the meantime. I’m really hoping for a major tenant like a Google or something.

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