Makers of six feature films and four TV series have put holds on the facility. Five of those could make decisions as soon as January if they will need the 40,000-square-foot facility, Authority Director Blake Swafford told authority members.
“We’re running down to the wire on … if we’re going to end up with one of these that are starting in January,” he said. “We’ll know within the next couple of weeks.”
The building could accommodate at least two productions at the same time, depending on their size requirements, Swafford said.
The authority developed the studio, named Atlanta Film Studio Paulding County, and opened it in 2012. The feature film “42” completed much of its production work there.
Swafford said the studio had pursued two projects recently that ultimately decided to use overseas facilities.
“One went to Australia and the other to eastern Europe,” Swafford said.
“Those two were really out of our control. It really had more to do with filming outside the studio, the site plan, as opposed to the location of the studio.”
On another authority project, members voted to approve adding $24,000 to the cost of developing Dallas Industrial Park in west Dallas.
Swafford explained a company is working to repair sewer lines to the park — a former residential subdivision site – and had been unable to gain final governmental approval of the lines. They were installed in 2008 and not used for five years before workers tested them and discovered two breaks, he said. They are working to locate the breaks but are being hampered somewhat by rock-filled soil, he said.
“Ultimately, we’ve got to repair them. We’ve got to do these repairs and get the force main to pass the pressure test,” he said.
Swafford also reported that Paulding Commerce Park off Bill Carruth Parkway has two new prospects.
The park, which is on rolling land with a lake, “shows incredibly well,” he said.
“The prospects that we’ve had have really been impressed with the aesthetics of the park,” Swafford said. “You don’t really hear people talk about aesthetics associated with an industrial park, but this industrial park looks fantastic.”
Paulding Economic Development director Jamie Gilbert told authority members he was working with two industrial prospects considering locating in the park.
He said one company, dubbed “Project Cool,” would decide in January if it will locate in Paulding Commerce Park.
The other, named “Project Seal,” only needs about 20,000 square feet. Gilbert said he is working to find a developer for a multi-tenant building for the company.
Interroll, a Switzerland-based conveyor systems and components maker, is nearing the start of production in a 90,000-square-foot building as the park’s first tenant.