Commercial developers are getting to create in their search for burgeoning office space in some of the nation’s hottest metros. Many old post office buildings, which used to be major centers bustling with business, are being converted into trendy office spaces and other mixed-used developments.
- Chicago’s main post office is being transformed into a collaborative office building
- Houston’s former Barbara Jordan Post Office is being converted into a creative arts hub
- Many of these transformations to creative and artsy spaces are aimed at attracting millennials
As digital communication continues to lead in both professional and private lives, the need for physical mail has decreased substantially, leading the Postal Service to sell off approximately 32 properties per year for the last seven fiscal years, the New York Times reports.
Chicago’s main post office has remained vacant since 1997 but will soon be transformed by 601W Cos. into a 2.8M SF office building with open-concept, collaborative spaces aimed to attract millennials.
The sheer size will allow for the creation of a full neighborhood complete with a large gym, a quiet working area that takes inspiration from a university library and a Gatsby-inspired lounge, which blends with the stone floors and decorative panels in the space.
View the original article at Bisnow