Telegram moves into Rocky Mount Mills
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Sunday, December 16, 2018
The Rocky Mount Telegram has transitioned into the future by moving into a 200-year-old building.
The Telegram last week relocated its editorial, advertising, circulation and business staff into a state-of-the-art 5,500-square-foot space in the main building of the Rocky Mount Mills, the renovated 150-acre mixed-use campus on Falls Road along the Tar River.
Telegram Publisher Kyle Stephens said moving into the Mills has been reinvigorating.
"The togetherness, the open office concept, the views — just an overall atmosphere that gets you excited about coming to work every day," he said.
Stephens said it's been a privilege to work with Sara Felsen of Belk Architecture.
"She's the one that had the vision for this space," Stephens said.
The Telegram suite features a glass storefront in a shared hallway, large industrial windows overlooking the river above the dam and a customer waiting area with coffee bar.
The Telegram is one of several tenants on the campus, which houses 120,000 square feet of office space, 67 residential units, breweries and restaurants. The campus environment has shared outdoor spaces, conference rooms and atriums providing commercial tenants with daily opportunities to interact, according to information provided by Felsen.
Stephens said Scott Roberts and all of the Mills staff have been top-notch.
"When this project is completed I can't think of a better location for any of our local businesses to be," Stephens said. "It affords us an opportunity to connect with our community on a multitude of levels."
Stephens said he invites all of the newspaper's readers to stop by and visit. The Telegram's suite is located in the corner of the building on the second floor.
"Drop in, grab a cup of coffee with us and of course pick up a newspaper and walk around the campus to truly appreciate what is being done here," Stephens said.
Leading the reinvention of the Mills is Capitol Broadcasting Co., the same development team that transformed Durham’s American Tobacco Campus into an award-winning national model for historic rehabilitation.
The Telegram joins law firm Poyner Spruill, Nash County Travel & Tourism, Envolve Vision and Life 103.1 as the first corporate tenants of the Mills.