The Boston Herald Is Moving to Braintree

In a transition period for the storied tabloid, its new publisher is moving its newsroom out of town.

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After less than a decade at its new digs in the Seaport, the Boston Herald will soon be uprooting once again and moving its newsroom to an office park in Braintree.

Staffers found out about the move out of the paper’s namesake city to a decidedly less bustling suburb in a memo from new publisher Kevin Corrado on Tuesday. The move is scheduled for sometime in late November or December.

“While we are making a physical move that will help sustain our organization in the years to come, our commitment to providing the best news and sports coverage in the Boston market is stronger than ever,” Corrado said in a statement published by the Herald. “We’re excited about the future.”

Right now, the Herald‘s office is located at 451D Street in the Seaport, where it moved six years ago after selling its old headquarters in the South End.

Corrado notes that the new office is fully renovated, comes with free parking, and is a short walk to the Red Line, the Commuter Rail, and the local dining scene: Dunkin’ Donuts, Legal Sea Foods, Panera Bread, and Subway.

Once the move is complete, Boston’s second-largest daily paper will be located a full 13 miles south of City Hall—a half-hour drive without traffic, or, per Google Maps estimates, just shy of an hour via transit. It’ll be about twice as far away from the city’s core than the former site of the Boston Globe on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, which the Globe left last year to move to a Congress Street office tower.

It’s only the latest transition for the 170-year-old institution after it sold for $11.9 million in February to Digital First Media, the so-called “vulture capitalist” firm that specializes in buying up ailing media companies and ruthlessly cutting costs. Dozens of reporters, designers, and advertising staffers laid off over the past year, its staff has shrunk, according to the Boston Business Journal, by more than half, to about 110. In March, Digital First moved the Herald‘s printing operations to Providence. It had previously been printed at the Globe‘s printing facility in Taunton. Layout for its news and ads is now done in Colorado.