LONGMONT — The Longmont Times-Call will move its staff to 1860 Industrial Circle from its longtime home at 350 Terry St. in downtown Longmont, which was sold to a private developer last year.
The new space consists of 4,800 square feet and is in The Campus at Longmont located behind The Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd. and next to the Village at the Peaks shopping mall currently under construction.
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Longmont Times-Call’s publisher Dean Lehman said the space is being renovated to accommodate the Times-Call’s staff. Lehman said the move would take place soon, but wasn’t sure of the exact date. He also did not say how many staffers would be making the move.
Al Manzi, president and chief executive of Prairie Mountain Media, parent company of the Times-Call, did not immediately respond to a request for more information on the move.
Scott Garel, executive managing director of commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who was involved in the deal, said the newspaper signed a five-year lease and is paying about $11 per square foot triple net.
The downtown headquarters of the Times-Call at 350 Terry St. was sold to investor/developer Jamie St. John for $2.4 million in September. It included the 48,310-square-foot main newspaper building, a 39,673-square-foot parking lot on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Terry Street and an 11,875-square-foot parking lot to the east of the building along the alley.
Prairie Mountain, a subsidiary of Denver-based MediaNews Group, purchased the Times-Call building for $2.8 million in 2011 when it also acquired Lehman Communications Corp., owner of the Longmont Times-Call. The deal included the Longmont Times-Call, Lehman’s flagship newspaper, as well as the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the Canon City Daily Record, Colorado Hometown Weekly in Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Superior, and the 62,000-square-foot Lehman Printing Center in Berthoud.
The Times-Call had been published by the Lehman family since 1957. The company had published the Reporter-Herald since 1967 and the Daily Record since 1978. The printing center opened in 2009.