Afro-American to move to midtown


The nation's oldest black-oriented newspaper will move its headquarters to a midtown Baltimore Charles Street location by the first of the year, the president of the Afro-American Co. of Baltimore City Inc. said yesterday.

"We need more modern quarters," said Frances Draper, president of the parent company of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. "With the advent of computers and the changes in (( the way you print and produce the paper, we need a third of the space we once did."

The paper will move to 2519 N. Charles St. from its present location on Eutaw Street, Ms. Draper said. She said the date depends on when minor renovations, such as painting, are done at the new building.

"It's hard to predict, but it should be between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1," she said.

The company has a lease-purchase agreement for its new building, which Ms. Draper said is now vacant and comprises between 15,000 and 20,000 square feet. The company will occupy the entire building. The company's headquarters and its Baltimore news staff occupy 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of space at Eutaw Street, she said.

Ms. Draper said the old building has about 30,000 square feet total, much of it now unused. The wasted space made it more efficient to sell the old headquarters and move even though the company will actually use more space at its new office.

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