Hotel operator buys The Times-Dispatch building in Richmond

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (AP) — A hotel operator has purchased The Times-Dispatch building in Virginia’s capital city, but the Richmond newspaper will remain in the downtown building under a long-term lease, the companies announced

on Thursday. The Times-Dispatch reports that its newsroom, advertising and administrative offices will be consolidated on one floor of the four-story building.

A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, which owns The Times-Dispatch and 29 other daily newspapers, sold the building to an entity tied to Shamin Hotels.

The hotel operator also purchased an adjoining 699-space parking deck. Shamin, which operates 59 hotels in six states, plans to move its corporate headquarters from Chester, Virginia, to the building later this year.

The newspaper reports that court records show the 16,000 square-metre building was acquired on Monday for nearly USD14.5 million. The deal did not include a 40,000-square metre production facility in Hanover County.

The Times-Dispatch has 320 employees, including 141 working at the downtown building, where The Times-Dispatch and the former Richmond News Leader have operated since 1923. The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News and other newspaper owners have sold their buildings in recent years.

The four-storey Richmond Times- Dispatch building is at 300 E Franklin St and includes the adjoining 699-space parking deck. PHOTO: TIMES- DISPATCH