AJC to shift headquarters to Sandy Springs

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution plans to move its newsroom and other office operations to a new location in Sandy Springs on the campus of its parent company, Cox Enterprises.

In a memo to staff on Monday, AJC Publisher Amy Glennon said that the newspaper, including its newsroom and advertising operations, will move to 6325 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs, about a mile from the newspaper’s current location in Dunwoody. The new building is currently occupied by the Manheim auto auctions company, a subsidiary of Cox’s automotive division. Manheim will move within the expanded Cox campus.

The property is across the street from Cox’s main corporate campus in Sandy Springs at Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Central Parkway. The AJC will move along with the shared services division of Cox Media Group in 2017.

“By residing on the Cox campus, our divisions also will realize even stronger collaboration and best practices in areas like digital, research and employee training,” Glennon wrote to AJC staffers. “Our CMG employees will also have covered parking, an on-site dining center and more immediate access to other valuable services at Cox’s headquarters, like conference facilities and fitness centers.”

The AJC’s printing operations will remain at its current home in Gwinnett County off of Best Friend Road.

The AJC moved from downtown Atlanta to its current location at 223 Perimeter Center Parkway in Dunwoody in 2010.

The AJC’s current building is part of a tract of land that was pitched before the recession as High Street, an ambitious mixed-use development including residences, retail and office buildings. GID Urban Development Group pitched the project in 2007 with plans to start construction in 2009, but a start to the project was delayed.