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Post Publisher Looking for “Cheap” New HQ in D.C. or Virginia

Speaking at a Bisnow real estate conference this morning, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth dropped a few hints about what she's looking for in a new headquarters as the Post considers a move from its 63-year-old home at 15th and L streets NW.

"Now that the printing presses are not in the building, we don't have any constraints," Weymouth said. "We'd like a building that's a little bit lighter, a little more air."

Weymouth said she's looking "primarily" at D.C. and Virginia—the latter having been home to the paper's digital side during the ill-fated experiment at splitting the paper's operations that ended in 2009. "We’d like it to be cheap, and near the Capitol, near the courthouses," she said.

Post executives haven't ruled out renovating their current building, but Weymouth indicated that she's eager to get out of there, or at least to undergo a substantial renovation. "It's depressing and it's old and it's time," she said. "My grandmother hated it, too." Weymouth's grandmother, Katharine Graham, led the Post in several capacities from 1963 to 1991. Weymouth said her grandmother tried to get the architect I.M. Pei to renovate the building, but ultimately turned Pei down because the renovation would be too expensive.

So how can the District or a Northern Virginia jurisdiction lure the Post? Maybe with cold, hard cash. Asked if the paper would be wooed with economic incentives, Weymouth replied, "We hope so!"

  • Tom M.

    So the great liberal/progressive WaPo is ready to snack at the trough of public subdidy? What a surprise! Look for hard-hitting, in depth reporting on the foibles and idiocy of DC elected officials during that time! Also i suspect the WaPo will endorse Mayor Gray EARLY for relection next year (just before he signs the subsidy bill)... Much of the money behind the Posts' rise was from "use of the public air waves" for meeting the (owners' profit requirements) and community's needs -- see television. Television and internet killed the newspaper. Now "poor" Katharine who was born on third base thinks she needs a boost and will claim she hit a triple. Why should DC taxpayers (where DOES the subidy come from) pony up for a morbid industry?

  • Wish I Could Write

    The City Paper is looking for new digs also. Maybe the City Paper and Post should get together and share new office space!

  • AWalkerInTheCity

    "So the great liberal/progressive WaPo is ready to snack at the trough of public subdidy"

    Liberal? WTF? Do you read the same WaPo I do? WaPo is a sane, socially tolerant, conservative paper. Country club Republicanism as it used to be. Only looks liberal by Tea Party standards.

  • Adam

    Intelsat has lots of empty space. I would thinkg it would be a pretty good option for the Post.

  • Tom M.

    @ AWITC -- You could not hear my tongue firmly lodged in my cheek? They are liberal on some matters and quite conservative on others. When it comes to the "spoils" of the enterprise, they keep those for the fat cats at the top even if the enterprise is failing, fading, occassionally fatuous.
    BTW - The closest authorities, WaPo insiders, are trying to be convincing in declaring their liberal bias. http://www.aim.org/don-irvine-blog/wapo-ombudsman-confirms-poss-liberal-bias/
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-03-18/news/bs-ed-liberal-bias-20130315_1_liberal-bias-mainstream-media-left-wing-bias

  • Sam

    Near the Capitol and courthouses? NoMa seems like a no-brainer. Plenty of new office space.

  • Nick

    If they are looking for cheap then how about Petworth, Takoma DC, Ft. Totten, or historic Anacostia? DDOT land at the Takoma Metro would be good. It's in DC and would help the businesses on both the DC and Maryland side.

  • http://leftforledroit.com Left for LeDroit

    Cheap(er) + near the Capitol = Navy Yard

  • SPG

    Cheaper and nr the Capitol? Sounds like the old Washington Times building to me. And take the Washington Blade with you. They need to work on their "investigative reporting" skills. When I saw someone tweet about one of its award winning reporters, all I could think of was "The Emily Dickinson Award For telling the Truth Slant - Very Slant."

  • VAresident

    Please, please find a place in Maryland where you will be appreciated for the progressive rag that the Post is and leave us alone in VA.

  • Lorenzo

    The WAPO is a liberal paper targeted at underworked, overpaid public "servants" who toe the Democrat line. The only money the Post corporation makes is by getting government loans for their overpriced Kaplan University students.

  • Greg

    XM Satellite Radio building has a lot of empty space... and a great layout for new media...

  • Bobby Barre

    In response to this from "A Walker In The City"

    "So the great liberal/progressive WaPo is ready to snack at the trough of public subdidy"

    Liberal? WTF? Do you read the same WaPo I do? WaPo is a sane, socially tolerant, conservative paper. Country club Republicanism as it used to be. Only looks liberal by Tea Party standards.

    And Eskimos don't recognize that 25* is cold either.

  • http://www.oilempire.us/mediacia.html Mark

    I'm not a liberal but the Washington comPost is definitely NOT liberal, not even close.

    "All The President's Men" was a great work of fiction. Bob Woodward came to the Post from Navy Intelligence (and served them well at the paper). Carl Bernstein was a real reporter, check out this article from him:

    http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

    THE CIA AND THE MEDIA
    How America’s Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up
    Rolling Stone, October 20, 1977
    BY CARL BERNSTEIN

    ---

    "We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."
    -- Katharine Graham at a 1988 speech at CIA headquarters

  • Barton Fink

    The ComPost can stay in DC and rot with that city. Let the liberal rag fester in the mess it created.

  • Rita

    Please go to MD instead. We don't want any more of you lying communist writers living in the great state of VA.

  • MNBobster

    They can operate out of "van down by the river" for all anyone cares.

  • Becca

    If they're looking for "economic incentives" then something tells me that a rain tax isn't what they have in mind.....however, if they think the taxpayers of Va are going to give them some sort of grant to move their HQ here, then they're definitely smoking something and I'm pretty sure it ain't legal.....they aren't going to see us try to lure them to Va when they're sitting in the middle of an area that doesn't exactly need their revenue or jobs, if any.....

  • Curmudgeon10

    Interesting...I guess that "business paradise" in Maryland isn't in the running.

  • B. Davis

    The local kennel - that way there will be a ready use for the paper.

  • VAresident

    WaPo is welcome to move to Maryland.
    Not welcome in Virginia.

  • B. Davis

    Bobby - we talking about the same race baiting newspaper? The sister publication of that lib rag Newsweek?

    WAPO is liberal as you can get, neck and nect with the NY Times, that other dead company walking, soon to be on the dust bin of former publications - Washington Times is conservative, WAPO is a Democratic publication, that never saw a Democrat it didn't like and a Republican it didn't hate. And its news isn't credible.

  • werq

    it's a testament to have far to the right the consciousness of our nation has moved in the past 40 years when people are calling the Washington Post "liberal'.

    unbelievable.

    soon we'll be calling reagan a liberal.
    oh.. wait...
    http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/7408-tea-party-would-have-called-reagan-a-communist

  • Bob See

    "The ComPost can stay in DC and rot with that city. Let the liberal rag fester in the mess it created."

    DC isn't "rotting", and the sun doesn't revolve around the earth.

    "Please go to MD instead. We don't want any more of you lying communist writers living in the great state of VA."

    We're saddled with the Heritage Foundation and Norquist so stop your whining.

    "soon we'll be calling reagan a liberal.
    oh.. wait...
    http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/7408-tea-party-would-have-called-reagan-a-communist"

    Not to mention the Obamaphone: http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline

  • The Java Master

    WaPo editorials are firmly on the neo-conservatice side when it comes to foreign affairss. It helped to lead the charge for W's invasion of Iraq. It even editorialized in favor in American armed intervention in the nation of Georgia against the Russians. It now rattles the sword for armed intervention in Syria.

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  • redlinetime

    NoMA!

    Also, these comments make me even happier about moving out of VA and into DC. Goodness.

  • http://westnorth.com PCC

    Both Capitol Riverfront and Crystal City have entire empty office buildings available. Not sure how much the landlords are willing to let them go for, though.

    And, ah, "liberal as you can get"? Bwahahaha!

  • 17BOBTreyO

    Seriously. The Intelsat building is a smart idea. Anywhere in NoMA would probably fit the bill.

    Of course, to save money they could always move into the DNC headquarters. Think of the synergy and savings, no more rewriting press releases as news stories!

    More fitting, they should move into the crumbling Watergate. Post hasn't left the 1970s, now they can be entoumbed in there.

  • A sane MD Liberal

    Please, please to all the Virginia residents:

    As much as we need an economic 'shot in the arm', so to say, WaPo is one that can stay out. Their sickeningly ever-progressive agenda fits in with pieces suited for another time and place, not here and now. Please, someone else, take ownership of them and whatever perceived 'economic benefits' they bring with them. Keep 'em.

  • Typical DC BS

    Funny how many left wingers commenting here think the Post is anything but liberal. Their unbelievable parroting of the Obama administration's left wing agenda (sorry, he's not "mainstream" in any way, shape or form concerning guns, immigration or fiscal policy) leaves little doubt they are SLIGHTLY more conservative than the NY Times.

    Maybe DC denizens need to get outside the DMV to find out what life in the 99% of the rest of the USA is like.

  • ABC

    The mention of I.M. Pei is especially interesting. The New York Times quote a Post veteran as saying Mrs. Graham originally wanted Pei to design the Post building to look like a typewriter. But it would have cost too much.

    "..... Katharine Graham, the former publisher and Ms. Weymouth’s grandmother, originally wanted I. M. Pei to design the building in the shape of a typewriter, according to Dave Kindred, a former Post columnist who wrote a 2010 book about the paper, “Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post.” But that plan proved too costly."
    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/washington-post-says-it-will-seek-new-home/

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