Telegram to move into Mills

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Rocky Mount Telegram publisher Kyle Stephens, left, and Rocky Mount Mills General Manager Scott Roberts look out a window of the new office space for the Rocky Mount Telegram on Thursday at the Rocky Mount Mills.


Staff Writer

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The area’s longtime daily newspaper that began publication in October 1910 will be calling the Rocky Mount Mills its new home this year.

The Rocky Mount Telegram will relocate its editorial and business staff to the 150-acre mixed-use campus on the Tar River. The Telegram is expected to move into the Mills this fall and will occupy 5,500-square-foot of space in the Main Mill building currently being completely remodeled.

The Telegram will join Envolve Vision in the Main Mill. The integrated health care solutions company’s 23,000-square-foot office space is expected to be completed this summer. Nash County Travel & Tourism also has announced plans to go into a location on the Mills campus in late 2018.

“As newsmakers in the community, we’re excited to welcome Rocky Mount’s local newspaper to campus,” said Evan Covington Chavez, real estate development manager for Rocky Mount Mills and Capitol Broadcasting Co. “The Telegram is a fantastic organization that has played a pivotal role in this community for 118 years. They’ve seen and reported on Rocky Mount Mills and now they get to be a part of its rebuilding.”

The Telegram has been located at 1000 Hunter Hill in Rocky Mount since 2008. The 18,600-square-foot building was once a former YMCA building. Before coming to Hunter Hill Road, the Telegram spent 10 years on Tiffany Boulevard in Tiffany Square. The Telegram’s office was on Howard Street before moving to Tiffany Boulevard in 1998.

“We’re looking forward to moving into our new space at Rocky Mount Mills later this year,” said John K. Cooke Jr., president of Cooke Communications North Carolina, which has owned the Telegram since August 2009. “It’s a beautiful building in a vibrant campus that our employees and customers will enjoy.”

Kyle Stephens, who became the Telegram’s publisher in February, said the newspaper’s new location couldn’t be in a better spot.

“It’s in a perfect location for us,” he said, “close to downtown and right off (U.S.) 64.”

Sara Felsen, project manager of BELK Architecture, said the Telegram suite will feature a glass storefront and shared corridor, large industrial windows overlooking the river above the dam and a customer waiting area with coffee bar. 

Felsen said the two most notable differences between the Telegram’s current building and the new facility is the quality of the existing building and the campus environment. 

Unlike the existing Telegram building, the new suite will be one tenant in a much larger campus consisting of 120,000 square feet of office space and 67 residential units. The Telegram suite will be located in the corner of the building on the second floor.

“With shared outdoor spaces, conference rooms and atriums, the commerical tenants will have daily opportunities to interact throughout the building,” Felsen said. “This campus environment is very different from the Telegram’s current stand-alone building. There are a number of recreation and entertainment opportunities on campus. Also, the Telegram suite has been designed to maximize an open environment allowing the views and existing finishes to be the main attraction.”