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Marin IJ Completes Move to San Rafael

After 30 years at Alameda del Prado location, operations moved to hilltop complex in Terra Linda.

Reporters, editors, advertising representatives, circulation personnel and other employees at the Marin Independent Journal are getting settled in at their new home Monday in San Rafael after moving the newspaper operation from Novato over the weekend, according to an IJ report.

For the Novato business community, it means the departure of about 75 employees from the headquarters at Alameda del Prado and the end of a 30-year era of the operation's physical presence in Novato. For San Rafael, it means the return of Marin County's only daily newspaper to the city where it was based before the 1981 move to Novato.

The paper's headquarters is now at 4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 301, in a complex just east of Highway 101 in Terra Linda. All the old Novato phone numbers will continue to work, the paper said.

The IJ, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in March, is owned by Denver-based MediaNews Group and part of the regional Bay Area News Group, which is undergoing a major consolidation effort and eliminating jobs in the East Bay. The paper is printed at a plant in Concord following the shutdown last year of the Novato press.

The Alameda del Prado complex of three buildings and two parking lots is for sale. The paper's staff moved from the 60,000 square feet in Novato to about 11,000 square feet in Terra Linda.

henry August 29, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Yet ANOTHER viable option for city offices! This 31,400 sq ft building is offered at $4.9 million. $156 per foot. Has GG transit almost at its front door, bike paths, right off the freeway & tons of parking! http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17238014/201-Alameda-del-Prado-Novato-CA/ There are many other properties just like this one available. All are between $3-6 million dollars. Instead the city is demanding that the tax payer finance a 20,000 sq foot building downtown at a cost to exceed $15 million. Which equates to more than $700 per ft!! The actual cost is far more than $15 million due to the interest we will be paying bond holders for these funds! continued..
henry August 29, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Additionally, the city is demanding that these offices be built on the one centrally located, city owned parking lot that the downtown specific plan deems is the key to retail growth. This general plan states that this lot is to be used to help further economic growth by providing a 3 story parking garage. Ask yourself these questions: When the 2 screen 300+ seat theatre, Chipolte Grill & Trek Winery open where will you park? When the 20,000 sq ft 999 Grant project opens (with 7,500 sq ft of restaurant space) where will you park? The city council believes that Novato wants city offices downtown. Considering the outrageous costs and the very viable alternative options available is that what YOU want? SusanStompe & Gail Wilhelm are big proponents of these downtown city office plans. They have done their job in helping convince the council to vote yes on this project. Stompe stated this weekend in the now infamous "Angry Novato" article that "people aren't as interested" in the downtown city office debate". She is wrong. Until you speak up, however, they have the advantage. They have, in some instances, been able to marginalize Novato's very real concerns , labeling them as "reactionary" and "angry" as they relate to the downtown office debate. In order to give the council a true read on what Novato wants please click this link to view the website/petition to stop downtown city offices. http://www.stopdowntowncityoffices.org/index.html Thanks
Frank Keenan August 30, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Sorry, but you have the wrong building. 201 Alameda del Prado is NOT the IJ property...it is Portal Publications, which is the shake siding building across from Burger King.
henry August 30, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Sorry? No reason for you to apologize Frank I didn't say it was the IJ building. The link to the building is above. 201 Alameda del Prado. Yet ANOTHER viable option for city offices. One of many including the McPhail site ($6mil+) & multiple other already built properties for sale between $3-6 million. Far less than the $15 million+ the city wants to spend on the downtown site. Frank, regarding the IJ site. Is that property for sale? If so, do you know for how much? Maybe that one can be added to long list of properties the city could buy to save the tax payer millions of dollars. If you have a read on that property I would love to know. Thanks. Henry
Frank Keenan August 30, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Re: the IJ property...CB Richard Ellis has it listed for $5.85M. It has 34k office space and 30k warehouse.
henry August 30, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Frank, Thanks. I know this space is too large for the city but it does, once again, speak to how outrageous the building cost is for new offices downtown ($700+ per sq ft). Considering this IJ property (and not even including the 30k warehouse) the cost would be $172 per ft. Thanks for the info.
Tina McMillan September 09, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Henry Though it may be larger than what is currently needed it seems like a viable option depending on how it was built. One of the rule out factors was wood frame. Isn't the IJ building steel frame with a steel roof?
Tina McMillan September 09, 2011 at 05:12 AM
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/2/B/7/2B7ED662-CD89-471E-AA9E-802AB2C4139D.pdf Check it out

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