Miami Entertainment Complex Advocates Say $11M Studio Will Revitalize Area

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Although David Beckham's plan to build a soccer stadium in the heart of downtown Miami has dominated the local news cycle recently, it's not the only new development facing criticism.

A panel assembled Tuesday afternoon at the Biltmore Hotel to discuss the future Miami Entertainment Complex (MEC), which promises to make the city more attractive for television and film production. There, representatives of MEC and the Omni neighborhood downplayed the concerns of some local film experts, who have argued that the project is a financially risky endeavor with limited use for large film productions.

See also: Miami Entertainment Complex Rife With Doubts of Financial Feasibilty

Pieter Bockweg is the man in charge of revitalizing the neighborhood and believes that an $11.5 million studio space located at 50 NW 14th St. is just the shot in the arm that the area needs.

"An industry like this covers the most amount of impact into a community than any other industry," Bockweg said after the event. "Not just from a job creation standpoint, but also from a marketing standpoint and bringing attention to the area and also from a vender's standpoint within the area."

Bockweg thinks that the facility, scheduled to be finished in August 2015, will also stimulate other sectors of the county's economy from rental cars to food service.

The site will house two 15,000-square-foot studios which supporters promise will be large enough to service television and film production crews.

Not everybody is as optimistic though. Miami filmmaker Billy Corben told Cultist in March that the space was "completely unfeasible and unusable."

Chris Cooney, the COO of Screen Gems, the company picked to operate the MEC, brushed off Corben's criticism. "That's one man's opinion. We're experienced operators and we know what it takes to service clients," Cooney said.

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24 comments
Brad Knoefler
Brad Knoefler

Can we just spend some money on parks and residents facilities for a change? Thought they could only come up w so many boondoggle ideas

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Sorry, but the only film Miami is suitable for is porn.

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Of course, the simple solution would be to just cut taxes across the board and let the free market pick the winners and losers instead of a government bureaucracy that couldn't pick their noses to save their lives, but you know, let's not do that, because that would make sense.

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

No!!! Many have already left the state for Cali, Saturn Studio, 5 Star and many more have had enough of the Dumbshine state!!!

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

Nope. Production companies go where the incentives are. Period.

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

The "Ice Palace Studios" is already across the street and the area is pretty much the same.  What would an insular, closed movie studio do for this area?  I don't think it will make any difference.  Not that I'm against this, I'm 100% for it.  But if they want to change the area, they need to change the one-way streets to two-way streets and incentivize more shops and bars to open up shops there, and make it more connected to all the clubs that are right under the express way.  It can have a "Las Olas" vibe to it.

Tamara Archer
Tamara Archer

This city doesn't invest in anything besides boom and bust real estate which is heavily dependent on foreign investors... Sad

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Let's ask the folks from Magic City how this worked out for them......

Matty Wheelz
Matty Wheelz

This will have more of benefit to Miami than a soccer stadium. "If" done right!

Kori Williams
Kori Williams

Is should not have to, Miami should welcome the industry with open arms.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

One can only hope..if not see you all in GA..

Andrew Maslanka
Andrew Maslanka

OK, so tell me of any place, that puts any thing, like this in a down town area.Where the traffic is bad and all the supply places are on the other side of town.???

Oscar Vidal
Oscar Vidal

We need real soundstages 40 foot ceilings with catwalks for rigging with sound proof walls and automatic doors. Like the ones at universal in orlando and in other states.

Lee Glick
Lee Glick

Ive read that the planned studio would not have a high enough ceiling of 30 feet to satisfy the needs of large scale movie production.

roglouise
roglouise

I really enjoyed this article. Great coverage! 

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

Let's see... There's already a movie studio that's over 100,000 square feet in Wynwood (Where Iron Man 3 was filmed.) and the Florida legislature didn't provide any new incentives for film and television production in the state. Oh yeah, this is a fantastic idea...

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

Short term jobs, studio in a poverty stricken location, and state incentives for an already billion dollar industry.  Puke. 

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