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Incentives OK’d for massive film studio in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS, Texas – A quick-growing metropolis between Austin and San Antonio has stated “lights, camera, action” for what builders are pitching as one of many largest film studios in the nation.

Both the Hays County Commissioners Court and San Marcos City Council on June 7 authorised incentives agreements for an 820,000-square-foot “state-of-the-art motion picture studio facility” at 6202 West Centerpoint Road in the La Cima master-planned group. The project is slated to incorporate 12 sound phases, 4 workshops, backlots, manufacturing workplaces and business space.

Hill Country Studios, a subsidiary of Hill Country Group LLC, has proposed constructing the studio on 75 acres of a 209-acre plot in three phases, beginning in April 2023 and finishing every little thing by 2025, in response to Council paperwork. Phase 1A would come with seven manufacturing phases, two workshops and a welcome middle, whereas part 1B would come with 250,000 sq. ft of office space. Phase 2 would come with 5 extra phases, two workshops and assist space.

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Overall, the project will embrace 12 sound phases throughout 310,000 sq. ft, two again heaps totaling 15 acres of out of doors manufacturing space, 310,000 sq. ft of modular workplaces and 4 workshops. It can even function two an identical digital manufacturing phases with a 75-foot diameter efficiency space and way of life and workplace facilities, together with a 50-seat screening theater and a full-service restaurant and low store. Twenty-five acres will probably be reserved for vendor and business space.

The project has an estimated capital funding of $267 million and would make use of at the least 44 folks with a median wage of $100,000, in response to public filings. Additionally, officers estimated that the project would outcome in the employment of 1,400 contract staff with a median of 1,200 on manufacturing initiatives at an $80,000 common wage. Officials additionally dedicated to take part in an internship program for college students.

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“What started as a dream to elevate the production industry in Texas, is now becoming reality,” Hill Country Studios co-founder and CEO stated Cory McLoud stated in a press release. “Recognizing the revolutionary potential of Virtual Production, Hill Country Studios aims to place the film industry in the epicenter of the innovation corridor in Texas. We couldn’t think of a better place to propel the entertainment industry with a world-class studio space than our own backyard.”

“San Marcos was the clear-cut choice of where we wanted to be doing business,” Zach Price, Hill Country Studios co-founder and Chief Operating Officer stated in a press release. “The natural beauty of the Hill Country, as well as the local workforce and close proximity to the talent pools of Austin and San Antonio, made perfect sense for us to locate our film production studio in the Texas Innovation Corridor.”

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The Hill Country Group consists of studio advisor David Godfrey and architect Bill Foley, described as “two of the world’s top experts in studio design and operations.” The two have expertise engaged on film studio initiatives in China, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Turkey and Wales, in addition to in Atlanta. San Marcos-based Bowman Consulting Group was recognized in the course of the conferences because the civil engineer.

Representatives described their goal productions as “tier one clientele,” which means they hope to draw the Big Five studios — Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures — in addition to streaming suppliers and smaller impartial productions to fill in the gaps.

Officials stated they don’t seem to be involved about Texas’ relative paucity of filmmaking incentives. The state has not too long ago seen notable departures similar to TV present “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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“To date, there has not been a studio investment like this in Texas. The Hill Country Studios team is well-positioned to take advantage of film industry interest in this great state,” a spokeswoman stated in electronic mail. “We are excited to work in a state with a strong business environment and a high level of community support. The goal is to elevate the film industry in Texas and Hill Country is confident the state sees the benefit of further investment in the industry.”

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