Seattle PI staff to leave globe building

SEATTLE (AP) ? All of the staff of the ? the web-only news site borne out of Seattle Post-Intelligencer ? is moving out of the building that bore the newspaper’s name.

Hearst Corp. spokesman Paul Luthringer says the site’s lease expires on July 31, prompting a move to a larger space near the current location. He says the new building has the appropriate technical infrastructure, and he adds that the site will keep some office space at the building.

The 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased printing on March 17, 2009. A day later, was launched.

At the time, questions arose about the future of Post-Intelligencer’s 18-ton rotating globe. So far it has stayed spinning atop the building, but three city councilmembers are pushing for the globe to be designated a historical landmark.

The Museum of History & Industry has also negotiated with Hearst about taking stewardship of the globe, but no agreement has been reached.