Chapel Hill Media Group, which includes 97.9 The Hill WCHL and Chapelboro.com, is moving from its University Place office to 1525 E. Franklin St., which formerly housed the offices of Franklin Street Realty.
General Manager Aubrey Williams said, with renovations and long-term plans changing for University Place, Chapel Hill Media Group also started to consider its long-term goals. The company ultimately decided it would be better to own their space rather than rent it.
“That would afford us a lot of stability and control over the space to do things that we'd like to do and knowing that it's an investment in the long term sustainability of the company,” Williams said.
Brighton McConnell, the Chapel Hill Media Group news director, also said it is a major opportunity for the company to no longer worry about rent.
“You don't get the opportunity in Chapel Hill to own your space very often,” McConnell said.
Williams said she had been talking with Sammy Martin, the owner of Franklin Street Realty, about finding a new space in Chapel Hill.
Initially, Williams said Martin helped her with finding a few different options to house the company. One day while they were talking, Williams said Martin offered his space to the Chapel Hill Media Group.
Martin said that since the pandemic, some Franklin Street Realty employees had begun to work more remotely and that the company needed a smaller space anyway.
Martin said Franklin Street Realty decided to move to the former Allstate offices while Chapel Hill Media Group moved into their space. He said the process finalizing the decision with Chapel Hill Media Group only took about three days.