WCVB-TV Channel 5
August 14, 2009
BOSTON — The California movie and real estate executives behind Plymouth Rock Studios said they may be about a year behind schedule, but they will soon be announcing a big step toward ground-breaking in the next few weeks.
The studio complex is expected to bring in thousands of construction and permanent jobs to the area.
“Hollywood East” is buzzing about new types of loans that studio heads said they’re lining up to turn a couple years of preparation into construction.
“We’re resilient, we’re committed, and we’ve moved here. We’re staying here. We’re going to get this thing built,” said David Kirkpatrick, of Plymouth Rock Studios,
Studio heads insist losing out on an expected $50 million in infrastructure funding from the state won’t stop them from building 14 sound stages, a back lot, retail village and hotel on the site of a golf course.
“We will review each phase to make sure it’s consistent with the master site plan, look at specifics as they may relate to impacts,” said Planning Board Chairman Marc Garrett.
Tax credits have impacted Massachusetts to the tune of $676 million in new film and television production since 2006. But 13 states paid more in production wages last year. Several of those states, including Michigan and New Mexico, are building new studios.
Plymouth Rock heads said their studio complex will be the biggest, most environmentally sound, and have the most amenities.
“From a technology, green, sustainable perspective, the studio’s going to be unparalleled in the world — nobody else like it,” said Bill Wynne, executive vice president of planning and development..
Executives said to expect an announcement about financing and ground-breaking sometime in the next few weeks.