Syracuse Media Group announces new headquarters at Merchants Commons

Computer rendering of the new Syracuse Media Group offices

One of the oldest businesses in downtown Syracuse is preparing to move into the city's newest building.

The Syracuse Media Group, comprised of The Post Standard and, hopes to move into the Merchants and Snow Building at 220 South Warren street this April.

The new space will help shift the focus in the digital direction the company is headed toward, but the Syracuse Media Group promises not to forget its readers.

Large open windows at the building, which sits at the corner of South Warren St and East Fayette Streets downtown, will allow readers to see what's going on inside.

Inside, there won't be desks or cubicles. Instead, the design will be similar to what you'd find in a library at a college or university, or a cafe.

Printing operations will continue at the old Post Standard building in Clinton Square. Advance Central Services Syracuse was formed to manage functions that support the Syracuse Media Group. That company will also stay at the Clinton Square facility.

"There was a time when it was really important to be next to the presses, but in the digital world you don't need to be that close," says Tim Kennedy, President of Syracuse Media Group. "We don't need to be right on top of them. Here, we think we can create that open, and inviting culture at the street level by brining everyone here. You're creating that mobile digitally focused company working in a collaborative environment we think we can do that."

About 150 employees will move into the 28,000-square-foot office space in the Merchants and Snow Buildings.

"The psychological move was important. We wanted to create a digital environment," says Stephen Rogers, Chairman of the Syracuse Media Group. He says the environment will lend itself to one in which reporters can use their smart phones, laptops and other digital tools.

In February, The Post Standard is shifting its home delivery to three days a week -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Upstairs, there will be one-and two-bedroom apartments available for tenants. There will also be indoor parking, a fitness center, and a 10,000 square-foot rooftop with views of the city.

The Post-Standard announced in August that it would reduce home delivery to three days a week, beginning February 3. Rogers says readers can expect to see more content.

"Three day home delivery will be much bigger than today. Especially Tuesday and Thursday. Sundays are always big, it will remain big, probably be bigger than it is today," he says. "Readers are going to see that the news they're used to getting in 7 [days], they'll get their monies worth in three."

A smaller version of the paper will be printed on the other four days of the week, available for single copy sales.

Also, all who subscribe to home delivery will receive a daily, electronic edition of the paper.

"We aren't abandoning print, but the people [the reporters and the sales people], who are here, are working in a digital world," Rogers says. "What they produce, some of it will go back in print, but most of it will stay right here on"

In October, more than 100 employees were laid off from The Post Standard, when it announced it was scaling back its print schedule.

The Post-Standard is owned by Advance Publications which announced similar changes to newspapers and corresponding websites in New Orleans, Harrisburg, Pa., Alabama and Michigan.