Work under way at Sentinel’s future site

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Renovation of the future home of the Rome Sentinel Co., publisher of the Daily Sentinel, is a few weeks from finishing its facelift. The new digs — at 111 Langley Road on the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, owned by Roberts Office Interiors — is expected to be move in ready in April.

“...All operations will be moving to the new building including customer service, advertising and circulation,” said Rome Sentinel Co. Publisher Bradley Waters.

Currently, about 50 newspaper staff members work in an almost 26,000-square foot office at 333 West Dominick, where it has been since the early 1970’s when it relocated from 136 N. James St. to make way for the Fort Stanwix National Monument as part of the city’s then Urban Renewal effort. In its even
earlier days, the Sentinel hung its shingle where the Fort Visitors Center is located, at the former Arlington Hotel, at the northwest corner of the intersection of James St. and the Erie Canal, and several other locations back into the 1840s, according to Sentinel archives.

The current move is geared toward the future.

“This move will allow us to control our expenses, create a more welcoming work environment, and position us in high growth area of Rome,” Waters said. “I believe both our staff and the community will enjoy our new building. My staff work extremely hard and deserve the best tech and work environment we can provide. The staff will enjoy new furniture and updated technology, which will allow for a flexible remote and in-office work schedule. Our customers will also enjoy an updated feel. Most of our old building at 333 W. Dominick St. hasn’t been updated since the 70s.”

The latest changes will continue to help the Daily Sentinel invest in local news coverage for Rome, Utica, Oneida, Lewis County and surrounding areas.

“The West Dominick Street building will be missed but we must adapt with the ever-changing landscape of delivering news. Local news reporting is essential, and these changes allow us to continue our mission to delivery reliable community news,” Waters said this week.

This is the latest in a series of changes for the company.

In November, the Rome Sentinel Co. partnered with fellow family newspaper, Johnson Newspaper Corporation in Watertown, to handle the printing and inserting of all Rome Sentinel Co. products.

The Waters family has owned the community news source since the mid-1800s. Bradley Waters is the sixth-generation publisher of the Daily Sentinel, who took over that position from his father, Stephen B. Waters, in October 2019.

“This transition is something we have been trying to avoid for years. Having flexibility of running our own press whenever you want, however you want, is a game changer. However, this flexibility doesn’t justify the cost of operating it … We must have a sustainable business model in order to continue to deliver local, reliable community news,” Waters said at the time.

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