As of Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Dalles Chronicle will soon have a new home, and the existing office at 315 Federal Street is now on the market.
“This is just a dollars and cents move,” said Barrett Smith, vice-president of real estate for Eagle Media, the parent company of the Chronicle, and a partner in Eagle Pacific Industrial Park, the real-estate arm of the company.
He said the 15,162 square-foot Chronicle building that covers the block on Third Street between Washington and Federal was purchased to accommodate growth in the early 2000s that was halted by the Great Recession.
Although Brama Caffe set up shop briefly in the west end of the building, that space has primarily been vacant.
“It just makes sense to get into space that better meets our needs,” said Smith.
He said the 17 people who work out of the Chronicle office will fit well into the former Tum-a-Lum building at the east end of town (across from Domino’s Pizza).
That office is 4,600 square feet and, unlike the current site, has parking bays for the circulation crew of 25 carriers and five drivers of motor routes to load and offload publications indoors.
Smith anticipates having remodeling done at the new location, 811 East Second Street, and the Chronicle staff settled in sometime next spring.
He said development plans for the warehouse space behind the new office are still being decided upon.
Joe Petshow, president of the Eagle board, said operations will continue as usual as the transition occurs.
“The Chronicle has a long tradition of reporting the news of this community and that commitment remains unchanged,” he said.
Brian Lauterbach, a broker with Windermere Real Estate in The Dalles, helped Eagle purchase the new Chronicle headquarters and is now marketing the Third Street building for $1.3 million.
He said it will be exciting to see what type of enterprise will next move into town. The existing structure has housed a grocery store, bakery and a hardware store. He said even more space is available for a larger business with an adjoining building also for sale on the same block.
“There is a lot of new growth going on downtown and the Chronicle’s move opens up an amazing building and an opportunity for a large business/retailer to be part of our core,” said Lauterbach.
He credits Matthew Klebes, director of The Dalles Main Street, for being the driving force behind a variety of new businesses settling into vacant spaces along the downtown corridor.
Within the last couple of years, Lauterbach said Montira’s Asian Market, Freebridge Brewing, Smokin J’s Skateboard Shop, Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s financial hub, Lilo’s BBQ, Route 30 Bottles and Brews, La Ideal Bakery, Sedition Brewing Company, Stockpile Survival and Liberty Tapworks have all opened their doors.
In addition, he said Oregon Trail Games, A’s Sewing and Emma’s Boutique have moved into other quarters that better meet their needs.
“There is a lot of movement going on right now and that’s good for our community,” said Lauterbach.
He can be reached for more information about the Chronicle listing at 541-370-2544 or via email at blauterbach@winder