The Port of Houston is jumping ship.

The Port is giving up its space at the Turning Basin Terminal near 610 Loop East and moving to the Midway East River development in the Fifth Ward northeast of downtown Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. report.

The Port of Houston, which operates multiple terminals along the 52-mile Houston Waterway, will work with developer Midway on a 96,000-square-foot, six-story building with an adjoining 300-car parking lot. The Port of Houston plans to move into new offices by summer 2025, while the existing administration building at 111 North East Loop will also be demolished.

East River, a 150-acre, $2.5 billion project on the Buffalo Bayou, is planned for offices, retail, apartments and ample recreational space. The first phase is expected to open in the fall.

Port of Houston executive director Roger Guenther told the media: “This location brings us back to our original roots where the Houston Ship Channel began, while also providing our employees with a collaborative environment and modern workspace that all Houstonians can be proud of.”

The new East River building will house other nautical tenants, including the Houston Maritime Center, a museum dedicated to the history of ocean exploration, and Suderman & Young Towing, a tugboat service provider.

Port of Houston officials supported the move, citing potential upcoming growth from the East River project.

— Quinn Donoghue

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