For anybody who missed Andrew Beaujon’s post about the Mercury News’s headquarters, here’s the post about a computer company buying the real estate:
The computer company is “contemplating knocking down the buildings — a 312,000-square-foot main building, 12,000-square-foot garage, and printing plant — to create new manufacturing space,” Donato-Weinstein writes. The newspaper would lease its current offices until it finds new space. The company announced in April it would sell its 36-acre campus.
If you ever get a chance, a newspaper industry pal of mine, who survived a major round of layoffs at the Merc in 2008, documented the empty chairs, rows of lifeless cubicles and phones—a sad, dark statement on journalism at the time. The best photo in Martin Gee’s set is this one:
Not long after he posted the photoset on Flickr, he got laid off too, because of course he did.