Austin's reputation as "Little California" just got more real: Hollywood film production company Line 204 Studios announced plans to plant a 546-acre film studio and movie-making facility in Bastrop.
The company, which specializes in movie props, stages and other filmmaking tools for rent, said the new facility will have sound stages, an RV park, a beach, a golf course, a harbor, a ranch and backlit movie sets. The studio would also come with restaurants, event spaces and lodging.
While the plan hasn't been approved by Bastrop City Council, the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for the project on June 3. The development plan, dubbed Bastrop 552, places the facility in a bend in the Colorado River south of Bastrop near Highway 304.
The entertainment hub would provide more than star power to the area. Over 1,400 jobs in addition to 700 construction jobs will be created by the project, and the studio is expected to bring in $2 billion to the local economy in the first decade, the company said during the June 3 meeting.
Line 204 Studios said they are eager to boost the local economy and bring Hollywood-style movie production to the Austin area.
"The community has expressed a unique desire to develop and strengthen the film industry here in Central Texas, and we believe this unique and environmentally friendly project will drive economic growth and contribute to Bastrop's future success," the company wrote on June 4.
While many approved of the project, some worry that the studio could hurt Bastrop's small-town feel, affecting traffic, noise and the environment.
If approved, the studio will join Troublemaker Studios, owned by acclaimed filmmaker and Austinite Robert Rodriguez; Rodriguez, along with director Richard Linklater, are bringing in stars Ben Affleck and Alice Braga for upcoming film "Hypnotic" filming in Austin later this year. As the city grows, so does its film influence with films and shows making Austin the set of choice.
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Giga Texas, the massive Tesla factory in southeast Travis County is getting even bigger.
The company filed with the city of Austin this week to expand its headquarters with a new 500,000-square-foot building. The permit application notes “GA 2 and 3 expansion,” which indicates the company will make two general assembly lines in the building.
More details about the plans for the building are unclear. The gigafactory has been focused on Model Y production since it opened in April, but the company is also aiming for Cybertruck production to kick off in mid-2023.
While there is room for expansion on the 3.3 square miles of land Tesla has, this move comes after CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about the state of the economy and its impact on Tesla.
In a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk said the gigafactories in Berlin and Austin are “gigantic money furnaces” and said Giga Texas had manufactured only a small number of cars.
And in June, Musk sent a company wide email saying Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10%, then later tweeted salaried headcount should be fairly flat.
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