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2 hours ago, Avossos said:

Post Office site has a different name - something with Post in it... The Name "Northbank" is in reference to the corner of Waugh and the bayou.

 

Central Post IIRC - not too late for a name change though. 

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On 7/6/2016 at 11:26 AM, Houston19514 said:

It's possible Midway is doing both.  The 2015 annual report discussion may very well refer to the post office site.  It seems the purchase of the KBR property likely occurred after the annual report went to print.

That's the most likely scenario. The report came out in March while the KBR site was purchased in May.

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7 minutes ago, ew2003 said:

According to an article about Day for Night posted by Paper City today, the post office site will be called Central Post.  

 

http://www.papercitymag.com/culture/day-for-night/

 

So, back to the hunt for where the Northbank project will be!

It has previously gone by Central Post before. We are not sure whether the name has changed or not. I believe that article is going off of older information. If you go to the comments section of this article, you can see where Central Post was originally mentioned: http://swamplot.com/midway-our-giant-fifth-ward-site-wont-be-called-northbank-buffalo-bayou-but-something-else-might/2016-07-07/

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1 hour ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

 

One because it's on the northbanks of the Buffalo Bayou.

 

Isn't the theory that 100 Waugh could actually be Northbanks? That rendering looks awfully like it could be the post office location.

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I just saw this Culture Map article from last month that recaps an event held there and refers to it as Central Post as well.

 

 

"More than 400 guests got a taste of what makes a number of emerging Houston businesses unique at a Market gathering hosted by NextSeed co-founders Youngro Lee, Abraham Chu, and Robert Dunton at Central Post, a landmark that once housed the downtown post office and is now being developed into a 14-acre mixed use center."

 

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/innovation/06-10-16-emerging-houston-businesses-show-why-theyre-unique-at-nextseed-market/#slide=0

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8 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

 

I took a look at the domains Lovett Commercial registered two months ago, none were Central Post. All were variations of Post HTX.

Perhaps the office portion is Central Post. Either way, that is the portion Colvill is working on and it is at the post office site.

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Just finished talking to Colvill some more. The project is currently wrapping up its design phase but there isn't a set time when they will announce. I have a feeling we might hear something next quarter though. They told me to expect something "new and different" with their design.

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17 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:



Folks, we have a name thanks to @Mab: The Barbara Jordan U.S. Post Office in downtown Houston (401 Franklin St.) , isn't Central Post but Post HTX

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Website: http://posthtx.com
Instagram: @posthtx
 

 

Unfortunately, the "puke" emoticon available on other boards doesn't seem to be available here.

 

To quote @houstorian's Twitter bio, "HOU, never HTX."

 

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http://swamplot.com/free-press-houston-to-ship-day-for-night-to-the-former-downtown-post-office/2016-07-25/

 

The former Barbara Jordan Post Office at401 Franklin St. will be the new host of Free Press Houston’s Day for Night music festival, Matthew Ramirez reports today. The 16-acre campus (including anything left of its train station ruins) sits on thenorth bank of Buffalo Bayou(across from Sesquicentennial Park and east of the University of Houston Downtown). The property was bought last year by an entity connected to Lovett Commercial; by mid-December the site will have to be ready to hold 3 music stages and the festival’s associated experimental art installations.

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1 hour ago, Twinsanity02 said:

I am not a denizen of the downtown, but isn't this all west of U of H Downtown?

 

Yeah it is west of UH-Downtown, though there are train tracks and enough room for platforms underneath the university building

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39 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

I'm beginning to wonder if this is really the Facebook page for the development coming to the old downtown Houston post office. There are renderings of an apartment under construction in Switzerland. That's odd. Has anyone heard any updates on this?

 

Architectural inspiration...would love to see something like this for the site.

 

 

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1 hour ago, tigereye said:

CultureMap article on Post HTX development with Frank Liu. Mentions 2 phases, 5-8 year timeline. 

 

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/09-16-16-post-office/#slide=0


Nice article! The description sounds intriguing..

I wonder if Day For Night will use any of the bomb shelters for their art installations. Would make for a unique environment.

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On 9/20/2016 at 8:35 PM, tigereye said:

CultureMap article on Post HTX development with Frank Liu. Mentions 2 phases, 5-8 year timeline. 

 

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/09-16-16-post-office/#slide=0

 

"We want to showcase Houston in a new light by working with architects and designers around the world who are on the cutting edge of innovative ideas of how cities will function in the 21st century,” says Liu, Jr.

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On 9/20/2016 at 9:16 PM, cloud713 said:

Luckily I got my tickets during the early bird sale, prices have risen since then.

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http://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/A-popup-mall-and-other-signs-of-life-at-old-9944854.php

 

The former Barbara Jordan Post Office building will host a popup "mall" targeting Super Bowl visitors and others coming downtown for game-related festivities as developers continue work toward remaking the 16-acre Franklin Avenue site into a showcase mixed-use project.

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http://www.archdaily.com/797306/new-master-plan-will-catalyze-downtown-milwaukees-dynamic-transformation

 

This is a former Post Office site revitalization to be done in Milwaukee.

This should be the level of activity that we demand from a site like ours as well. Lets hope they are as forward looking as they say they are for our Post Office site. 

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6 hours ago, Luminare said:

http://www.archdaily.com/797306/new-master-plan-will-catalyze-downtown-milwaukees-dynamic-transformation

 

This is a former Post Office site revitalization to be done in Milwaukee.

This should be the level of activity that we demand from a site like ours as well. Lets hope they are as forward looking as they say they are for our Post Office site. 

 

Strongly doubt the Milwaukee PO ends up looking much like this, since it is across the freeway from downtown and not surrounded by much. The key is, who commissioned these designs? Was it a developer with concrete plans? Or was it an agency that owns the property trying to find a developer? 

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4 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

 

Strongly doubt the Milwaukee PO ends up looking much like this, since it is across the freeway from downtown and not surrounded by much. The key is, who commissioned these designs? Was it a developer with concrete plans? Or was it an agency that owns the property trying to find a developer? 

 

Apparently the property is owned by a developer based in Chicago that bought it in 2015. The important thing is the design intent and scope of the project. Will it look like that in the end? That remains to be seen, but at least that developer is thinking big and is really utilizing that site and building to the furthermost extent possible. You can always downscale a project. Its almost impossible to upscale a scope. They need to go balls to the wall and push as far as possible with the design first. This Milwaukee project is a good example of this and should be used as case study.  

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