Daily Breeze Newspaper's Former Headquarters Is Now A Health Center
The former headquarters of the Daily Breeze newspaper in Torrance has transformed into a medical center.
Providence Health Services has converted the 6.7-acre site at 5215 Torrance Blvd. that was home to the local newspaper for more than 40 years into a three-story, 106K SF medical center.
The City of Hope Cancer Center moved in in August, occupying two floors totaling about 25K SF. Additional tenants will move in sometime next year.
“We worked closely with Providence and its end users — the patients, staff and visitors — to make the patient/provider experience as ‘homey’ as possible,” Cuningham Group Senior Project Manager Amine Khemakhem said in a news release. “The center extends our approach to medical design, making it more like a comfortable home or hotel, reducing an ‘institutional’ feeling as much as possible.”
The new medical center illustrates the state of legacy newspapers. Once major real estate holders, several local newspapers have sold their headquarters and other buildings and assets in the past decade in an effort to save their print business in a digital world.
The former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Co., sold the Times Mirror Building in downtown Los Angeles in 2016 to Onni Group for $460M. Onni plans to create a mixed-use residential, office and retail destination on the site, though that is being challenged by a group of preservationists. The LA Times started moving into new offices in El Segundo in July.
The former Orange County Register headquarters in Santa Ana was sold in 2014 to local developer Mike Harrah. Harrah has plans to develop the property as a mixed-use residential and office site. He is looking for a partner.
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers purchased the Daily Breeze building in 2007 from former Breeze publisher Copley Press. The Daily Breeze moved to a different location in Torrance.
The new medical center will house a women’s center, an imaging center, an ambulatory surgery center, clinics, medical and surgical oncology and more, according to a press release.