Revised plans for a film and television studio complex on Niagara Street were approved by the Planning Board yesterday. Great Point Capital Management is proposing the $50 million facility on a 3.7-acre vacant parcel located at the southeast corner of Niagara and W. Ferry Street. It is planned for the site of a Rich Products manufacturing facility that was demolished in 2018.
Announced and approved last year, the project has been slightly modified, requiring a new review by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board. Both have signed-off on the revisions. From the application:
The project as originally submitted consisted of a single 20,000 square foot studio for film and television production supported by dressing rooms, shops and office spaces on the west (Niagara Street) and north (West Ferry) elevations. A second 20,000 sf studio was envisioned on the east side as “Phase II”.
The owner intends on proceeding with additional studio space at this time yet much less than was shown. The plans now show two additional 5,000 sf studios extending the studio volume approximately 80’ east. There are no changes to the supporting dressing rooms, shops and office spaces and therefore no changes to the west (Niagara Street) and north (West Ferry) elevations.
The site plan also shows completion of the northeast corner landscaping and sitework with a 24’ wide landscape buffer along West Avenue and a 43’ landscape buffer along West Ferry. The area behind this will be used for parking actor dressing room trailers and other film support vehicles.
Minor changes have been made to the exterior of the building as well. Architectural Resources is designing the project.