Over the weekend, the Palo Alto Daily News moved from downtown Palo Alto to an office park in Menlo Park on the east side of Highway 101. The Daily News will share its new space with the Mercury News' distribution operation at 255 Constitution Drive. The move will save owner MediaNews Group money and, according to a story published Sunday, improve the comfort of workers who complained about temperatures in the paper's downtown buildings at 324 High St. (pictured) and 329 Alma St.
Other papers have made similar moves. In November, MediaNews moved the Santa Cruz Sentinel from its downtown Santa Cruz home to an office building in Scotts Valley. Last June, MediaNews moved the San Mateo County Times from its home of 43 years on Amphlett Boulevard near Highway 101 to a leased building at 477 Ninth St. at S. Claremont St. The Times building will be demolished to make way for a housing development. In May 2007, MediaNews moved the Oakland Tribune from the downtown Tribune Tower to an office building across the freeway from the Oracle Arena. The Chronicle announced in October 2007 that it was talking to developers about selling its building at Fifth and Mission streets. And a few weeks ago the Palo Alto Weekly said it will break ground within the next two months on a $5 million building at 450 Cambridge Ave.