Gazette likely to move downtown

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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.

YOW Archchaseitects PC has been hired to draw the plans to remodel the office space on the first floor of the building, said Steve Obering, a principal with the firm.

“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.

 

4 Responses to Gazette likely to move downtown

  1. This will make it easier for CSBJ staff to hobnob with the Anschutz Gazette staffers over downtown cocktails. Oh, the humanity!

    Mike Hunt
    June 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  2. Former Chase Bank Building is at 6 North Tejon, not South Tejon, which would be south of Pikes Peak Ave., the 00/00 mark for north-south numbering. This is almost right where The Gazette had its offices when it was still The Out West, quite a long time ago.

    Julie Andrews
    June 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  3. Hello,

    The address of that building is 6 N. Tejon St. 6 S Tejon is the US Bank Building.

    Dennis
    June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  4. It looks like another business that is moving downtown to die. It seems like the downtown area has become the business equivalent of a retirement home. Still alive and kicking but for how long?

    David
    June 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm