[Architect Albert Kahn designed building constructed in 1917]
The Detroit newspaper operations plan to relocate to a more modern location elsewhere in the city within the next 18 months, and their existing building is being put up for sale, according to a memo distributed late this afternoon.
The current site, built in 1917 from a design by architect Albert Kahn, is historic, but it’s been obsolete for decades, according to Jenereaux. It was built primarily as a newspaper printing plant. "We haven’t printed newspapers in this building for more than 40 years," she says, "but we’re still operating in offices that were, in many cases, converted from pressroom and newsprint storage areas."
In addition to the DMP, the building houses the Gannett-owned Detroit Free Press and the MediaNews Group-owned Detroit News. The DMP, which Gannett controls, is a joint operating agency that handles printing, advertising sales and other business operations.
The Detroit announcement follows a similar move last week by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Other GCI properties have been sold, or are renting excess space to other tenants, including at Corporate's headquarters in McLean, Va., as the company trims operations worldwide.