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Globe and Mail Centre to become the Globe's new home in 2016

The Globe and Mail’s publisher Phillip Crawley takes part in a ground-breaking ceremony for the media company’s new headquarters in Toronto on Oct. 30, 2013. From left to right, Mr. Crawley, Bill Hatanaka, CEO of OPTrust; Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; and First Gulf CEO David Gerofsky.

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The 500,000-square foot, 17-storey office tower is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Located on the east side of downtown Toronto, the building has been designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and is being developed by First Gulf. CEO David Gerofsky speaks at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new building, which will be called The Globe and Mail Centre, as Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell and Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley look on.

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The building “will help us to transform what The Globe and Mail is,” said publisher Phillip Crawley, who noted that the media industry is rapidly changing. “This is a whole new beginning for us and we see it as a very important symbol of faith in our future. So it represents a lot to us. It isn’t just a building, it’s a symbol of what The Globe and Mail is and will become.”

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First Gulf CEO David Gerofsky noted that the building, which is located at 351 King Street East, is situated in the oldest part of Toronto. “This very site was once the centre of power and influence in Upper Canada known as the Town of York. This is where Toronto began. Today, with a dynamic new building scheduled for completion in 2016, this area will once again become a hub of economic and urban activity in the heart of Toronto,” he said.

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The Globe and Mail, which has signed a 15-year-lease, will occupy the tower’s top five floors. The building will have about 17,000 square feet of food and retail stores on the ground floor.

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The Globe and Mail Centre is the final phase of First Gulf’s redevelopment of two city blocks to revitalize that part of King Street East. “This is a great neighbourhood and we welcome you to it,” said First Gulf CEO David Gerofsky.

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The Globe’s new offices will reflect the changing media industry, said publisher Phillip Crawley. “Ten years ago we would never have dreamt of having a large video studio, or video editing suites, but that’s what’s going to be part of our new space when we move in there.”

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Councillor Pam McConnell, who represents the area, noted that the new Globe site is steps away from George Brown College’s main campus. Mr. Brown founded The Globe newspaper, which eventually became The Globe and Mail. “It’s a neighbourhood that you belong to,” she said. “It’s a neighbourhood really where you began and it’s a neighbourhood where I know that you’re going to come and be a very important addition.”

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