This 1923 former rice warehouse at the far eastern end of Washington Ave., used more recently as an annex for the Downtown post office on the other side of I-45, will become the city’s new permit office, reports Monica Perin in the Houston Business Journal. The building will replace the current 2-story office at 3300 Main St. in Midtown — which Public Works officials consider flood-prone — and consolidate permit offices from 3 other sites.
A LEED-certified renovation of the 4-story concrete-and-brick building, which sits on a 2 1/2-acre site Downtown — and which sat on the market for several years — is expected to be complete by the fall of 2010.
The property purchase is expected to close in July, along with council approval of a contract with Trammell Crow Co. as the developer, and Studio Red Architects as the design firm. . . .
â€œA building of this age and being a warehouse is relatively easy to recycle,â€ [Studio Red’s Bill Neuhaus] notes. â€œIt lends itself to an open plan and lots of daylight. We can do an economical job here, and it will be an extremely pleasant working environment.â€
Permitting offices eventually will share space with the cityâ€™s new Green Resource Center, which is opening this week at 3300 Main St.
â€œThe re-use of existing buildings is one of the greenest and most sustainable things we can do,â€ Neuhaus says.
He says the buildingâ€™s prime location is part of the civic campus, next to the police department, the post office and rail station.
Photo of 1002 Washington Ave.: LoopNet