Steiner Studios, NYC’s largest movie studio complex, presented plans Wednesday night at a community board meeting to expand its empire by building six more stages on a vacant lot in the Navy Yard. They plan to construct six 16,000-square-foot sound stages at the northeast end of the Navy Yard, on a lot, above, bounded by Clymer Avenue to the north, Keap Street to the south, Kent to the east and Wallabout to the west.
And they want to build a New York City street backlot to help alleviate traffic problems and inconveniences caused by production companies filming in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Steiner also plans create a noise barrier by “artistically” stacking the shipping containers already on the lot and interspersing them with landscaping. See the rendering after the jump for an idea of what this might look like on Kent Avenue.
A couple of years ago, there was talk of putting retail in this spot. The auto auctions were cleared out from here several months ago. Construction of the new sound stages will bring an estimated 500 construction jobs to the area and roughly 600 permanent jobs, according to the movie studio. In addition, they will offer opportunities to students at the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Film under construction around the corner at 25 Washington Avenue, which is slated to welcome its first class in 2015.
Just up the road in south Williamsburg is 500 Kent Avenue, the site of a former power plant the state is decontaminating. It will likely become apartment buildings, as we reported earlier this week.
Steiner Studios Expands, Vies to Become “Hollywood East” [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Community Board Two
Photo by Google Maps