“Thanks to Jeff Bezos,” writes a Seattle journalist, “all the construction in the part of Seattle where KING is located is prompting Gannett to put the building up for sale.”
Gannett’s KING-TV is a stone’s throw from Amazon.com’s new headquarters — “one of the biggest development projects in city history,” according to the New York Times.
KING-TV news director Mark Ginther sent this to his staff earlier this week:
There have been a number of rumors circulating about our future at 333 Dexter Avenue which has been our home.
Let me try to address them.
Real estate in this part of Seattle is in high demand right now. Just in our neighborhood there are numerous construction projects underway. This property is very desirable for people looking to build.
For us, the building is too big. Most of the space we have is not being used. With all the construction in town, there are opportunities for us to move into a more efficient space.
Because of these factors, the building and the land owned by KING in the neighborhood is for sale.
That is all I know. I’m sure there are many questions, the biggest, where would we go? Right now Ray, Sheldon, and the Gannett real estate department are looking at a variety of options. No decisions have been made.
I believe the timeline will be aggressive. My guess would be a move into a different facility in early 2015.
I know for some this is exciting news, but I know for others, it is not. This is been home to a lot of us for a number of years. This is a building loaded with a history of great work and wonderful memories.
Please see me with any of your questions.