Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Palo Alto paper to move office to Menlo Park

The Palo Alto Daily News plans to move out of its downtown Palo Alto home (seen here) and lease space in an office park in Menlo Park near Highway 101.

If a deal is reached with owners of the office building at 255 Constitution Way in Menlo Park, the paper's news and business operations would be centralized there on one floor, the Daily News said in today's edition. Those functions are currently in two separate buildings in the same block in downtown Palo Alto, with the news department housed at 329 Alma St. and the business offices at 324 High St. (shown above).

Daily News staffers in the past had joked that while many newspapers have a wall between news and advertising, they had a parking lot separating the two.

The Daily News pointed out in its story that "Menlo Park is one of the core cities in the Daily News Group's circulation area, along with Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame and Los Gatos."

As the Press Club March 31, MediaNews has also put the Santa Cruz Sentinel's building on Church Street up for sale, saying it will no longer need 54,000 square feet of space in that community when it begins printing the paper in San Jose on May 1.

Also going on the block is the San Mateo County Times building at 1080 S Amphlett Blvd. (pictured), which is also too large of a space now that the printing of that newspaper takes place in Hayward. MediaNews has also pulled the Oakland Tribune out of the Tribune Tower and re-located many of its functions in the Airport Corporate Center on Oakport Drive on I-880 across from the Oakland Collesum.

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