Glendale is ready for its close-up.

Broadway Stages, a Greenpoint-based TV and film production company, is planning to build several film studios in the neighborhood, near The Shops at Atlas Park mall, the company said.

The company, as first reported by the Queens Courier, recently purchased the remainder of the Atlas Terminals industrial park, adjacent to the mall, for $19.5 million.

Broadway Stages currently has several studios in Greenpoint, and produces a number TV series, including CBS’s “The Good Wife,” according to the company’s website.

The newly purchased site, at Cooper Avenue and 83rd Street, has a total space of roughly 13 acres.

Broadway Stages also plans to “create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses” in the new space, said Jackie Kessel, a spokeswoman for Broadway Stages, in a statement.

“We look forward to working with local officials as we develop our plans to draw on all of the energy around Atlas Park, bringing new jobs, business growth and economic development to Queens,” Kessel said.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who represents the area, said that she is “excited for the potential jobs and new cultural opportunities that may come as result of this sale.”

TV and production studios can be a draw for other businesses. Kaufman Astoria Studios, which have recently become the center of a newly created arts district, have attracted many restaurants and bars to Astoria.

“While we still do not know all of the details, I will be working diligently to make sure any new development benefits our community,” Crowley said in a statement.

Representatives for Broadway Stages did not say when the new studios would open and whether the company is planning to retain its studios in Greenpoint.

The industrial park was built more than 90 years ago and was once home to numerous companies, including General Electric.

It was previously owned by Atco Properties and Management, which foreclosed on the property several years ago.


Article Courtesy of Ewa Kern – Jedrychowska

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