The parent company of NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune announced Tuesday it will move out of One Canal Place into a smaller office in downtown New Orleans in the spring.
Lucid, a New Orleans startup tech company, will move into the One Canal space.
NOLA Media's online publication and newspaper will move out of the top two floors of the One Canal Place office building into a historic building at the corner of South Peters and St. Joseph streets. Tim Williamson, president of the NOLA Media Group, told the newspaper's more than 100 employees they will be based out of the office.
The new office will be about 8,200 square feet — significantly smaller than the 26,000 square feet NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune takes up in One Canal Place. The newspaper will take up one floor of the historic building; the second floor will be leased for other commercial uses.
“We want to be on the ground connecting and engaging with people in the community we serve," Williamson said.
The Times-Picayune announced in 2012 that it would reduce the number of days it produces a print newspaper to embrace a digital-first strategy. In early 2013, the newspaper moved much of its staff downtown to the top two floors of One Canal Place.
At the time, former NOLA Media Group President Ricky Mathews said in a NOLA.com story: "Moving to this office space reinforces our commitment to the city by placing us in a highly visible location. It also showcases our evolution into a multimedia company, dedicated to both print and digital publishing."
In late 2014, the paper said it would outsource its printing operations to a facility in Mobile, Alabama, that prints The Press-Register, another newspaper owned by The Times-Picayune's New York-based owners, Advance Publications.
As part of that move, The Times-Picayune converted its former East Jefferson bureau in Metairie into a design studio that lays out the local newspaper's pages as well as those of other Advance-owned newspapers in Alabama and Mississippi.
A few years ago, the building at 864 S. Peters where NOLA Media is now headed was set to become the corporate offices for International Shipholding Co., which was moving back to New Orleans after relocating to Mobile, Alabama, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But those plans fell through in 2015 when International Shipholding filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Lucid, One Canal's upcoming new occupant, was founded in 2010 by Patrick Comer. The company develops products that improve the quality of data culled through online surveys and various forms of market research. The company employs 170 people, most of whom work in its New Orleans headquarters, with others based in London and New Delhi. But employment is poised to grow as the company earlier this year closed on $60 million in new funding, courtesy of the Boston-based venture capital firm North Bridge Growth Equity.