July 6, 2006

Newspaper Office Renovation To Give New Look to West Side of the Square

Its not often that the newspaper is actually part of the front page news, but the recent relocation of the Memphis Democrat office has spurred some conversation in the community causing the editorial staff to take on the task of explaining the project for the public.

We never thought that our move would generate so much curiosity, said owner Chris Feeney. Yet, with so many people inquiring about what we are doing, we thought it might be easiest to explain the project to the public in this manner.

The newspaper staff relocated to 213 S. Main Street to the office space located south of the Bank of Kirksville. The move transpired June 26th and is expected to last for at least a month.

The relocation was made necessary by renovation taking place at the Memphis Democrat home office at 121 S. Main Street on the west side of the city square.

Construction began June 28th with the work crew removing the exterior front wall of the office in an effort to reform the store entrance. The eight-inch step up into the office is being removed. The cement step was cut out, along with the first 14-feet of the floor inside the office. That space will now feature a new concrete pad, at the sidewalk level, effectively making the entrance more accessible to the public. The former glass store front will be replaced with a new design as well.

The renovation will also include remodeling of the buildings interior.

We definitely need to thank the public for their patience in this matter, particularly our neighbors on the west side of the square., Feeney stated We apologize for upsetting traffic on the sidewalk on that side of the square as well as for the mess that accompanies any type of building project. We look forward to serving you from our newly remodeled office in the near future.

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