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      Toledo Blade to close downtown office, lay off over 100 workers

      In a letter to Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins dated Thursday, The Blade wrote that they have developed plans to close their 541 North Superior Street location permanently.

      The Toledo Blade has said it will close its downtown Toledo home base and lay off over 100 workers.

      In a letter to Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins dated Thursday, The Blade wrote that they have developed plans to close their 541 North Superior Street location permanently.

      "Consistent with these plans, employment separations are expected to begin on or about August 1, 2014," the letter read.

      The closure will put 131 employees currently employed out of work. Some of those employees are represented by labor unions, including Teamsters Local #20 and Toledo Mailers Union #1135.

      Layoff notices are being sent to presidents of seven unions.

      As word of the shutdown spread Friday, Blade employees took to Twitter to refute the news. Blade Managing Editor Dave Murray tweeted a comment saying, "If you've heard The Blade is closing, or its historic downtown building is closing, that's not true."

      The Blade published an article Friday afternoon saying that the letter sent to Mayor Collins was incorrect, and infact, only the production portion of the North Superior Street building will be closing. All advertising and newsroom functions will continue at the downtown building.

      Mayor Collins told NBC 24 he has no comment at this time regarding the closure or lay offs.

      Earlier this month, the newspaper's guild told NBC 24 that The Blade was in negotations to outsource its printing operation. "The guild regrets how the announced proposed decision by Block Communications to outsource production of The Blade will impact Toledo employees and their families."

      Block Communications owns The Toledo Blade and Buckeye Cablesystem.