The Sentinel will move to the Wheelhouse building at the corner of North College Street and B Street in Carlisle, the newspaper announced Wednesday.
The move will occur in April, at the earliest, according to Sentinel interim Publisher Kim Kamowski.
The newspaper, owned and operated by Lee Enterprises Inc., signed an agreement this week with Wheelhouse Properties LLC to move into the Wheelhouse building by this spring. The Sentinel announced in December an agreement had been reached for the sale of its current building at 457 E. North St. to pretzel-bread baker Amish Country Bakehouse.
“We’re excited to be a part of the revitalization within the borough, specifically in the Tire & Wheel site,” Kamowski said. “We’re excited for a new beginning for our community newspaper.”
The Wheelhouse property is the last remaining original structure from the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel factory campus, with most of the industrial buildings having been condemned after the plant closed in 2010.
Since 2015, the building has been owned by Creative Building Concepts, a local partnership, which began by renovating the second and third floors of the factory building into 16 apartment units. Last year, South Side Deli opened a new restaurant in the first floor of the space.
The Sentinel will occupy an additional 4,000 square feet on the ground floor, which is being fitted-out with electrical and office fixtures, said Ross Garner of Creative Building Concepts.
“Once The Sentinel is moved in, we’ll have about 2,000 square feet left on the first floor, ideally for another commercial tenant,” Garner said.
Garner will also construct a storage building in part of the property’s parking lot, located across B Street, for The Sentinel’s hard copy distribution.
The bulk of the former Tire & Wheel site — located on the east side of North College Street — is owned by PIRHL, a Cleveland-based developer. PIRHL recently began work on a plan that includes housing as well as a community center and park on the now-vacant lot.