It was moving day for three hundred employees of the Chronicle Herald following the Labour Day weekend.
The Herald shuffled out of its downtown offices permanently moving to 2717 Joseph Howe Drive.
Fred Buckland, project manager and former senior vice-president of the Herald, says it was the publisher’s decision to sell the Herald building which it has occupied since 19??. He couldn’t comment on the specifics of the sale but did say the move was prompted, in part, by the physical limitations of the downtown building. He cites a lack of parking and office space as some of the challenges the Herald faced.
Buckland feels very positive about the move. He says the Herald researched several possible locations and consulted with staff at the newspaper to find, what they feel, is the best spot.
Jim Meek, columnist and project manager at The Chronicle Herald, says the previous downtown building was “ancient and decaying” and it was time for the Herald to upgrade. He speaks enthusiastically about the new location describing it as pleasant, modern and well-lit.
“A lot of newsrooms around the country are done with being located downtown,” says Meek who isn’t worried that the move will adversely affect how the Herald covers the news.
“We’re only a ten minute cab ride from downtown,” says Meek. “It’s not like we’re living in Manhattan.”