HOUSTON - The Houston Chronicle—the city’s oldest continually published newspaper—is moving to the suburbs.
The relocation of the Chronicle from its block-sized building at 801 Texas to the former Houston Post facility at 4747 Southwest Fwy. is expected to be completed by the end of first quarter 2016.
The relocation of the Chronicle’s downtown operations is being done in stages; the newsroom was moved last week.
Hearst Corporation, which owns the paper, spent upwards of $20 million to remake the fortress-like Post building into a state-of-the art news gathering operation, with most of the work concentrated on Building 1 of the seven-structure complex.
“It’s ideal cooperative space. The four floors are nearly identical with very few columns. Production and finance employees will be spread over the six other buildings,” said Paul Barbetta, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Houston Chronicle Media Group.
The Chronicle employed about 650 employees downtown and another 350—mostly production workers—were at the former Houston Post building.
The new Chronicle complex will feature an auditorium that seats 450 as well as an employee cafeteria, training center, and a multitude of rooms.
Last year, a partnership led by Houston developer Hines purchased the ten-story Houston Chronicle headquarters—constructed 100 years ago by Houston builder-banker-powerbroker Jesse H. Jones in exchange for a share in the business—for a future project.
Hines currently has no plans for the Chronicle site which covers 99,184 sf of land including a half-block parking garage at 710 Preston.