Movie studio project could revive Gwinnett Village, officials say | Gwinnett Daily Post

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Movie studio project could revive Gwinnett Village, officials say | Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia’s largest movie studio could open by this summer in Gwinnett, transforming the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor.

Just months before they close on a deal to retrofit much of the OFS site along Interstate 85, officials with Jacoby Development talked to Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District leaders Thursday about the plans that will bring $1 billion in investment.

Company President Scott Condra said the first phase — opening up seven sound stages in a building once used to manufacture fiber optic cables — could be complete three to six months after the April closing with OFS.

While the company plans to continue operations on a portion of the site, Jacoby’s plans for the development of the remaining 125 acres means Gwinnett will soon be home to the fourth largest studio lot in the nation, Condra said. He said Hollywood producers are already in talks about making the studio home base for $100 million-plus productions, and an announcement will be made in the coming weeks about a Los Angeles company managing the venture.

“This is what we have planned on since we started the CID. You talk about a catalyst project; this is it,” CID Director Chuck Warbington said, after the business organization’s board members talked about the hundreds of people who would be employed on the sets and the potential of high-end restaurants housing and businesses that could surround the venture. “The economic impact it would bring back to the corridor is more than I ever envisioned.”

With plans for a film school and some housing on the site, Condra talked about high-rise office buildings and a five-star hotel also planned for the project, which he described as an environmentally friendly “upcycling” venture.

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