'AJC' Mulls Move from Downtown Atlanta

By: E&P Staff The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports today that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution may move from the downtown headquarters building it owns to a site possibly outside the city.

Maria Saporta, an AJC business columnist until accepting a buyout a year ago, quotes from an e-mail Michael Joseph sent to employees last week, in which the AJC's new publisher cites the "exorbitant" cost of operating the current and its reduced use since production was consolidated at the Gwinnett plant in early 2007.

"No decision has been made at this time, but we are looking at options including maintaining our current downtown location or relocating to a new, smaller site in the greater Atlanta area," Joseph told employees.

Cox Media Group Executive Vice President Doug Franklin (who preceded Joseph as Dayton Daily News publisher and later, for six months, as AJC publisher) has told some local civic leaders to expect a decision to be announced this month, according to Saporta.

The newspaper's downtown facilities date from the 1960s. Besides the paper's Gwinnett County plant, parent company Cox Enterprises maintains corporate offices and the headquarters of its Cox Communications cable subsidiary at separate but nearby locations just north of the city.


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