The Orlando Sentinel has just announced that it will be moving out of its longtime home in downtown Orlando this fall.
The newspaper’s offices have been located at 655 N. Orange Avenue [GMap] since 1951 but had not occupied the campus fully in years. The paper decided to shut down its onsite printing press in June 2017 when it shifted printing to a plant in Lakeland.
The 19-acre property was sold to Miami-based developer Midtown Opportunities for roughly $35.1 million and the lease was scheduled to end in June 2023. However, Midtown Opportunities made headlines this past in June when it sued Orlando Sentinel for three months of unpaid rent, in the amount of $370,000.
While the pandemic has forced a number of furloughs and job changes at the local newspaper, the management team made the decision to formally close the Orange Avenue office as early as October 30, 2020 with an emphasis on continuing to work remotely in the coming months.
Three other Tribune Publishing newspapers also announced that they would be abandoning their buildings; New York Daily News, Allentown Morning Call, and Capital Gazette.