Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Bye bye 333?

Has 333 King Street East, called home by Toronto Sun staff since 1975, been sold to make way for a 14-storey condo development?

The latest issue of Now Magazine says just that:

In the works
• Fourteen-storey condo with penthouses at 333 King East.

TSF has been hearing rumours of 333's sale since early last year, when Quebecor's buzz saws were cutting staff and services in the six-storey flagship Sun building.

The pride of the Toronto Sun, built just four years after the launch of the never-say-die tabloid, opened in the summer of 1975 to the applause of Doug Creighton, Peter Worthington and Don Hunt and the entire Sun team.

Not much left at 333 these days.

The presses have been silenced, some departments have been severely trimmed or moved and the newsroom is still about half the size of its glory days.

What's left could easily move back into the Eclipse Building at King Street West and John Street, where it all began on Nov., 1, 1971.

If they are announcing a condo project for 333 King East now, it will be only a matter of time before Sun staffers pack their belongings and merge with another Sun Media/Quebecor operation.

And that will be a sad day for Sun vets who witnessed the growth of the Little Paper That Grew.

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