The Aspen Times is moving |

The Aspen Times is moving

ASPEN – After more than 100 years in its location on Main Street, The Aspen Times and its staff will move into the historic Mother Lode building in early 2013.

According to The Aspen Times, the move to 314 E. Hyman Ave. provides an opportunity to accomplish two important goals: update and upgrade its office space without disrupting its daily operations, and ensure the preservation of its historic building at 310 E. Main St.

The availability of quality space next to the Wheeler Opera House keeps The Aspen Times in a prime location and central to the city of Aspen, according to Ryan Slabaugh, co-manager and editor.

“This was a very difficult decision but one we are excited about,” co-manager and sales director Gunilla Asher said. “Our relationship with the old building is love-hate. We love its character, charm and history, but we know the right decision is to give our people and customers better space to help our paper grow and improve.”

Investors from 310 East Main Street Ventures, in partnership with the Hotel Jerome, are taking ownership of the Times’ old building and will soon announce their plans for renovating and preserving the location.

The Times will begin construction in the Mother Lode this winter in hopes of moving in around April, after working with the city and architects on plans for finishing the interior space in the Hyman building, which was renovated over the past couple of years.

There will be no staff changes at the Times connected to the transition. Finalization of the move and transition schedule was communicated to employees Wednesday.

“This does not change our mission, just our location,” Asher said. “We will and always have been dedicated to quality local journalism and the partnerships that help our local businesses grow.”

Scoop, the famous office cat, also is planning to make the move. Dogs will still be commonly found in the Times’ new location.

The Aspen Times was first published April 23, 1881, serving miners who lived in the area. At that time, the paper was housed in a building in the historic downtown, before moving to Main Street around 1907. In 1956, Bil Dunaway took over the paper and spent the next 35 years building it into the market leader. The paper was purchased by its current owner, Nevada-based Swift Communications, in 1999 from the ownership group Full Court Press. During that entire time, The Aspen Times has continuously operated from the historic building on Main Street.

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