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New Cole Street building on the way - Newspaper staff set for temporary move to Battersby Avenue

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

Those visiting the offices of The Courier-Herald will soon be traveling a few blocks to the north.

The newspaper's long-anticipated move to temporary quarters - while its current building is razed and replaced - will take place Oct. 25-27.

All functions of The Courier-Herald operation - from subscriptions and bookkeeping to advertising and editorial - will move to temporary quarters at 911 Battersby Ave. The newspaper will occupy a portion of the city-owned building that was formerly home to the Industrial Skills operation. Newspaper staff will occupy the front of the building, facing Battersby, that previously housed the Industrial Skills gift shop.

Courier-Herald employees will produce their issue of Oct. 29 early (see accompanying story) to allow for the move. The office will be closed Monday, Oct. 27, to allow employees time to set up work stations and assure all equipment is working as it should.

During the week of the 27th, it's anticipated work crews will begin tackling the asbestos abatement process in the building that has housed The Courier-Herald and three other tenants. Once the asbestos issue is resolved, crews will demolish the entire building at the corner of Cole Street and Myrtle Avenue.

In its place, the property owners are building a one-story, brick structure that will house The Courier-Herald and provide space for several tenants as well.

It is estimated construction will take eight to 10 months.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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