Sunset Park could soon have more in common with Sunset Boulevard as it is set to have the capabilities for major film production companies to come and do work.
New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment wanted people to figure out what to do with the 200,000 square feet of waterfront property real estate near Bush Terminal, Variety reported.
Julie Menin, the city’s commissioner of Media and Entertainment, believes a filming production center would be the best use of that space. “Film and television production in the five boroughs has been expanding rapidly over the last few years,” she said to Variety.
Menin made the case for the average worker too, saying that if the production facilities come, “more New Yorkers have access to the well-paying production jobs.”
The city is ready to make her vision a reality as it prepares to invest $136 million so that the Made in New York campus can be a premier location for film production. The campus is near an area that’s recently gone under economic development and is situated in a prime spot, Bush Terminal Piers Park, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.
“We’re thrilled to transform Bush Terminal into the first-ever Made in New York Campus. These state-of-the-art facilities will provide space for TV/film and media production and garment manufacturing,” NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett said, adding that one of the biggest effects would be how the addition would “strengthen the local Sunset Park community.”
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said the facility would open up “a new chapter” in the overall efforts to make sure the Made in New York Campus ideals are met.
“New York City’s film and TV sector draws talent from around the world and creates thousands of good-paying jobs here across the boroughs. And we’re making sure that this campus will provide opportunities for everyone by requiring that proposals focus on local hiring, gender equity, and promoting diversity and inclusion,” Glen said.
Setting her sights on the seas, Sunset Park Council Member Carlos Menchaca pointed out that “the Sunset Park waterfront stands as one of the neighborhood’s and the city’s most vital resources.”
On Aug. 15, anyone interested in the facility is free to tour it and even offer proposals, though the production facilities idea has popularity. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said construction on the final project could start next year, according to Variety.
Sunset Park has been slated for a while now as a neighborhood that could be a home to media production and garment manufacturing and thrive off of those industries and the others currently there. Glen told Variety that the city isn’t offering any tax incentives to businesses upfront but would be willing to have those discussions once they become necessary.
By: Shirley Kessler