By Rob Larimer and Marija B. Vader
It appears that The Gazette, the Colorado Springs area’s only daily newspaper, plans to move its operation downtown, into the first floor of the former Chase Bank building at 6 N. Tejon St., later this year.
The building, located at the northwest corner of Tejon and Pikes Peak Avenue was purchased in 2011 by investor Kevin O’Neil, who moved in his company, Braxton Technologies, shortly later.
The building is now occupied by Braxton; a defense contracting company, Techwise; and marketing and public relations firm, Vladimir Jones, which has been a tenant in the building for years.
O’Neil could not be reached for comment about The Gazette’s plans.
However, Shauna Whitman, a manager with FedEx, which occupies space on the first floor’s west corner of the Braxton building, said The Gazette plans to move in during November, which is forcing FedEx to move across the alley into the nearby GE Johnson building at 25 N. Cascade Ave.
“We are the architects working on projects in that building,” Obering said. “I wouldn’t be the one to answer your questions.”
When Obering was asked whether the space would be used by The Gazette, he declined to comment.
The Gazette and its nearly 200 employees currently occupy its building at 30 S. Prospect St., the company’s home since the 1950s. But there has been speculation of a likely move to smaller space after staff reductions over the past decade and, most recently, The Gazette shutting down its presses in April. The paper now is printed by the Denver Post.
Gazette Publisher Dan Steever could not be reached for comment.