Moving and shaking in downtown Quincy

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There is quite a bit of activity in downtown Quincy right now.

The old Quincy Paper Box building is being retro-fitted to house the new Quincy Children’s Museum. Derek Price has his lofts going up in the former MacDonald Stove building on Third Street

Remember that vacant building set on fire at Seventh and State in May? Caley Construction is close to getting a new roof on it, so it appears renovation is under way.

The old Western Catholic Union parking garage at Fifth and Jersey is coming down, and a new parking lot will take its place. Just to the south across Jersey, Port’s Place is for sale.

If you’re looking for office space in that neighborhood, to the west of the the parking garage rubble across Jersey, plenty of space is for rent in the Herald-Whig building — which also housed Quincy Media Inc., before it sold its television stations to Grey Media Group.

The 40,000-square-foot building has been on the northwest corner at Fifth and Jersey since the mid-1960’s, and it’s where the Quincy Herald-Whig is printed. The newsroom and sales offices of the newspaper also are still there, although the parent company and its publisher are now in Harrison, Ark.

With the printing presses taking up a great deal of space, about 30,000 square feet will be leased for office space and potentially other businesses.

Muddy River News LLC is very happy in its digs in Suite 4A at 535 Maine. However, the building had some pretty sweet offices, and a great majority of the MRN staff has familiarity with 130 S. Fifth.

A first floor coffee shop/bar/restaurant would be ideal, and the second floor could house a modern multi-media company.

Can we change the name to the “News, Brews and Blues Building”?

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