The Corvallis Gazette-Times building at 600 S.W. Jefferson Ave. is for sale as the newspaper makes plans to search for another location in Corvallis.
“The building has served us well for decades,” said Rick Parrish, the Northwest regional publisher for the newspaper. “But it no longer suits our needs. We no longer need a full city block and 20,000 square feet of building for our employees.”
Mike McInally, the editor of the Gazette-Times, said the newspaper won’t start the search for a new office location until the existing property is sold — and both he and Parrish said there is no timetable in place for the sale.
“Although it’s clear that we don’t need as much as space as we did in the past, we aren’t in any hurry to sell,” McInally said.
The G-T building was built in 1970 under the leadership of Robert C. Ingalls, then the G-T’s publisher. Before that, the paper’s offices were located in the building at Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue — the location now of the Block 15 brewpub.
The paper is owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa. After Lee bought the Albany Democrat-Herald in 1998, some G-T operations, including its printing press, were consolidated at the Albany location.
Currently, about 25 news and circulation employees are primarily based out of the G-T office in Corvallis. McInally emphasized that there are no plans to combine the G-T with the Democrat-Herald.
“We believe the two papers are serving two distinct communities,” he said. “We don’t see that changing in the slightest.”
“We will leave this building with a lot of wonderful memories of the people who have worked so hard over the years to provide Benton County with the best possible newspaper,” McInally said. “But that goal will continue to be our primary focus in our next location.”
Alan Wells of Commercial Associates in Corvallis is assisting the G-T with the sale.