Such transactions are a familiar turf for Demer. Prior to becoming CEO of a non-profit organization that oversees downtown marketing, security and cleanup, he worked to attract and maintain downtown business.
But Demer said the issue extends beyond television stations to broader concerns.
“At this time, there are no regional policies to help get and retain jobs in the city,” said Demer. “We need a strategy to grow and maintain our jobs downtown and in the city. It’s a matter of fairness and a matter of environmental sustainability. I reiterate this point. I need a strategy. . “
Economic development groups generally do not publicly discuss the outlook unless the affected company has approved a transaction to announce. This practice also keeps the public in the dark about missing opportunities.
Gray simply upgrades the facility, according to Dean Cummings, an associate professor of communications at Georgia Southern University and videographer for WKYC Channel 3 and his company in Cleveland before earning a PhD in communications. You may have a bigger challenge than you do.
He said television stations are adopting hub models, just like newspapers. The Hub is a large, centralized office with multiple designers, artists, and copy editors, offering a large number of publications rather than being in a local newsroom.
“It’s what I got from the project VOSOT name of the project,” Cummings said, referring to the common television mantra of collecting video or sound on tape segments for television news programs. He said the industry is trying to use improved technology to reduce overhead and put equipment in backpacks to get TV reporters out.
But it also motivates many companies to reduce the size of their office footprint after the pandemic has grown in popularity for working from home rather than in the office, or working only part of the week. It may be reflected.
A drawing submitted by Gray to the Independent City shows that the proposed two-story building will contain 35,000 square feet of space. The three television stations lease 50,000 square feet at the southern end of K & D’s Reserve Square Complex on East 12th Street and Chester Avenue.
This location is regularly seen by viewers of Channel 19 News, which serves all three stations. This is because reporters often stand up for live shots in the corners.
“I think moving from downtown will hurt the public’s perception,” Price said. “They have a prominent place in the heart of downtown that they seem to enjoy. It’s amazing to see them move to the suburbs. It’s amazing they didn’t even see downtown options. It should be. “
According to Price, several stakeholders are trying to keep the station downtown, and K & D will approach senior management in Gray Atlanta for the proposed move.
Gray will present a case of conditional zoning certificate at a hearing by the Independent Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 2. Rockside Woods Boulevard’s 3.2-acre site is zoned for interchange services, so an independent version of the difference is required to install an office building.
If the committee approves the change, it must be approved by the Independent City Council to take effect. In the suburbs, tax exemptions have been granted on sites between Embassy Suites Hotel and Top Golf in the past.
The move surfaced after Gray acquired Station last December as part of a $ 2.7 billion deal in 17 television properties with Meredith Local Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gray serves 113 television markets throughout the county. The company clearly has a passion for real estate. Among other broadcast activities, he is the leading developer of over 100 acres of multipurpose development, including multiple film and television studios.
Cummings suggested that the station remains in Reserve Square because the previous owner did not have the funds to invest in an expensive construction project.
Matt Moran, Cleveland’s Gray General Manager, refused to comment on potential moves and actions pending in front of the suburban city government.