The Bureau County Republican’s office began 2018 at 800 Ace Road in Princeton, where it had been since the new building for its offices and production facility opened in 2004.
The BCR’s office ended the year at 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway, Suite F, in the Perry Plaza building, the location to which its staff moved on June 20.
The move was necessitated by the Bureau County Board agreeing to buy the BCR’s 2004 building in January at a price of $725,000.
The building was put up for sale because the staff size had been reduced due to consolidation of various departmental functions and the economics of today’s newspaper industry, making the 21,000-square-foot building too large.
With the success of the Nov. 6 county sales tax referendum, the former BCR building will now be transformed into a modern law enforcement center and jail, which will replace the county’s 1970s-era jail with its many problems.
With a late-June closing on the purchase, BCR staffers, aided by Shaw Media employees, made preparations for the move to an office suite in Perry Plaza, which is owned by Perry Memorial Hospital.
The bulk of the move took place on Wednesday, June 20, one day before the summer solstice.
Suite F, which is across the street from MTM Recognition’s north parking lot, was transformed into a functional newspaper office, complete with new carpeting, new tile in the entry area, and newly painted walls.
It features a small lobby, receptionist area, commercial printing area, newsroom, advertising department, editor’s office, break room, two restrooms, conference room, morgue (where old issues of the paper are stored), commercial printing manager’s office, circulation district manager’s office, and two additional offices.
Perry Plaza’s loading dock is used in newspaper operations as well.