Pioneer Press will move to building across the river from downtown St. Paul

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press will soon be on the move. The newspaper announced Tuesday it's relocating its headquarters to the River Park Plaza building just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul.

The announcement comes just a few days after the newspaper sold its current building on Cedar Street to a South Dakota developer who plans to convert it into apartments.

The River Park Plaza building, which is also home to Comcast, is on the west bank of the Mississippi River facing downtown St. Paul. About one-third of its office space is vacant.

The Pioneer Press will occupy one entire floor of the building, as well as other space for a data center and other operations, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The new offices will allow the paper to focus on its digital operations, associate publisher Greg Mazanec said, according to the Pioneer Press. The move is scheduled for late 2015 to early 2016.

The paper notes it will be the first time in its 165-year history that it will be headquartered outside of downtown St. Paul.

The Stencil Group of Sioux Falls, S.D., expects to begin refurbishing the Cedar Street building in January.

CEO Nate Stencil told the Pioneer Press he expects the eight-story building to accommodate 150 to 168 market-rate units. He added his company likes the building's location on the Green Line light rail route as well as its skyway access.

The renovated building could begin welcoming its first tenants by the fall of 2016.

The Pioneer Press has been in the Cedar Street building since 1984. The sale of that building came just two weeks after its former printing plant was sold; newspaper production was contracted to the Star Tribune last year.

The Star Tribune’s longtime landmark offices were also recently vacated. The Minneapolis structure is being demolished to make way for the Downtown East development. The newspaper’s staff has relocated to three floors of the Capella Tower downtown office building.

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