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The main post office in downtown Houston has permanently closed, more than 6 years after the U.S. Postal Service first put the facility on the market.
Built in 1962, the 5 story Barbara Jordan Post Office sits on a prime 16.3 acre site on Franklin Street and houses a public storefront as well as a large sorting facility.
Its last day open was May 15. All P.O. and caller services at the location have already ended and P.O. box service has ben relocated to the Sam Houston Station in Midtown. All post office boxes have been removed from the Franklin facility.
The facility’s sorting operations will be consolidated with the Postal Service’s existing processing and distribution center on Houston’s north side.
While the Postal Service has placed the entire property surrounding the building up for sale, it has yet to announce a buyer. USPS officials have indicated that any new buyer will likely demolish the structure, which was designed by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, the same architects who designed the Astrodome.
Last year, city officials expressed interest in purchasing the property for a new criminal justice complex, but backed off after developers protested that there were better potential uses for the property, such as a park, outdoor amphitheater or a development with housing and entertainment venues, the Houston Chronicle reported.