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New 546-acre Bastrop film studio slated for 2023 opening

A rendering of the Bastrop 552 film studio. (STG Designs)

Bastrop is set for Hollywood treatment with a 546-acre film studio and entertainment district planned to open in the coming years.

A target date of August 2023 was announced earlier this week for the Bastrop 552 project. Also released was a first look at the expansive studio space that's located in a bend of the Colorado River south of Bastrop near Highway 304.

A California company working under the name Bastrop Colorado Bend LLC got approval for the site that will include 486,000 square feet of studio space, 300,000 square feet of warehouse and mill space and another 200,000 square feet of office space. It's expected to take at least six years to complete. Bastrop has been an entertainment destination before with more than 200 film and television productions shot there, including works like "Boyhood," "Friday Night Lights" and "Spy Kids."

Earlier this month, the Bastrop City Council approved the project’s site at 1240 Lovers Lane as a media production development zone, a status that grants the company behind the project tax exemptions. Those include a two year sales and use exemption on items used during construction, maintenance, expansion, improvement or renovation of the facility.

As Austonia reported in June, the project is the work of Line 204 studios and is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs as well as 700 construction jobs over several years and generate about $2 billion in economic impact. The studio will join Troublemaker studios, which is owned by filmmaker and Austinite Robert Rodriguez.

This past summer, residents of the River Meadow neighborhood near the site voiced concerns about the project, saying it would bring noise, artificial lights and traffic.

“Let us be clear, we are not anti-progress nor anti-development,” a petition with more than 900 signatures opposing the project says. “It is our position that a development of this nature is completely inappropriate for our neighborhoods, our families and surrounding environment.”

The owner of Line 204 studios, Alton Butler, has commented to city officials about why he's drawn to Bastrop. According to the Bastrop Advertiser, the proximity to Austin is one factor as well as scenic views in the area.


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