The movie-TV production studio plans for Pinewood-Atlanta take shape

The movie-TV production studio plans for Pinewood-Atlanta take shape

This is the “zoning concept plan” for what is called “Project Stargate” in papers filed Feb. 5 with the Fayette County Department of Planning and Zoning in Fayetteville.

The drawing depicts the development plans for the 288.5-acre tract at the southwestern corner of the intersection of the Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road.

The property is currently owned by ARC Enterprises, LLLP, Sandy Creek Holdings, LLC, and Fayette Property Holdings, LLC. However, the property is currently under contract for acquisition by River's Rock, LLC, a group of Atlanta and local investors who are in talks with Pinewood Studios of London to develop a world-class film and television production studio complex known as Pinewood-Atlanta.

“Within the secured set areas the buildings and surroundings will be provided the ability to change facades to adapt to the production companies changing needs, such as recreations of Paris, New York, or street scenes.

“This will allow production companies worldwide to use the facilities without leaving Fayette County. The visual seclusion of the secured set area also provides for the control of outside noises necessary for the productions,” according to the summary filed with the rezoning request Tuesday afternoon.

“We propose to develop a production facility that will consist of multiple production studio sound stage buildings and outdoor natural areas (the "Project").

“The goal of the Project is to provide on-site expertise and infrastructure to ensure that production companies can produce entertainment projects seamlessly here in Fayette County.

“The studios will provide independently-owned media companies a full range of production services to cater to every aspect of on-site filming.

“The Project will be developed with a total of five television production studio sound stages; however, the size of the subject parcel will allow for potential future expansion of the studios as market demand expands,” the summary document states.

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Is SocialButterfly88 really

Is SocialButterfly88 really Nancy Pelosi in disquise?

Quote: "Before you complain and whine about things, why not let them start the project and have it built. You have no idea what is to come of this, you have only assumptions and ideas. Once it is finished, if you are unhappy, then would be the time to complain."

Is this not the same as "Let's go ahead as pass the bill so we can see what's in it?"

Sorry "Nancy", but it's too late then to complain as you suggest. We were all duped by Hearn and his puppies into spending taxpayer funds to built a road to support their developer friends. Now we are starting to see the payoff. Supplement this project with the "Hamlet" projects and we will soon be asked for funding to widen the bypass to four lanes. How nice it will be to live in rural farming land only to wake up in the morning to the pleasant sound of heavy trucks and traffic.

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Homeowners

Some of us in the younger generation would like to become homeowners, just like the ones complaining about traffic that doesn't exist yet, and this project will create enough jobs for us to all earn money. Before you complain and whine about things, why not let them start the project and have it built. You have no idea what is to come of this, you have only assumptions and ideas. Once it is finished, if you are unhappy, then would be the time to complain. You sound incredibly annoying whining about an issue that has yet to begin. You should always give the benefit of doubt, even when angry. Plus, not everyone is a unhappy, non-working housewife living in PTC or Fayetteville, spending their husbands cash, and watching the kids. Some of us actually have jobs and make the money for the household. Not only that, but this will bring loads of tax money from tourists and actors, etc. Fayetteville will be a moneymaker, why would you complain????

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I truly hope you achieve your dream of being a homeowner.

It is wonderful to have a place to call your own.

The issue has been that the West Fayetteville Bypass/Veteran's Parkway was and is being built through the front yards, backyards, and side yards of homes belonging to hard working Fayette citizens. Those folks worked and saved to have their homes, too. My husband and I are some of those folks. Also, there were some homes that were torn down to build the road.

When you become a homeowner, I hope you never have to know the sorrow of watching the property you worked so hard for destroyed.

If you didn't grow up in Fayette County, you might not know that it once was predominantly a farming community. Believe it or not, there are still a few working farms in Fayette County. And, there are some members of old farming families who still live here. It is heart breaking to see the land our grandparents and great-grantparents farmed turn into paved roads, strip malls, and offices.

The Fayette County Land Use Plan clearly states that the "rural characteristics" of the county will be preserved. Is it better to wait until something is dead and gone before voicing an opinion, or should we speak up when there is still time to save things that are important?

Personally speaking, I find it outrageous when our local government tells the taxpayers that they need to tax themselves so the government can build a road to relieve traffic when in actuality the road is being built for developers. That is what happened with the West Fayetteville Bypass/Veteran's Parkway. In fact, when a former mayor of Fayetteville was faced with the question of whether or not the Bypass would relieve traffic in Fayetteville, the mayor admitted that it would not relieve traffic in Fayetteville. I was the person who asked that question. A week or so later, that same mayor was confronted by one of our local papers about the fact that the mayor and other county officials were planning a 2,000 acre high density housing development along the WFB.

SocialButterfly88, I could continue to give you many, many other details concerning issues surrounding previous county commissions here in Fayette County, but I'm just not sure you are that interested.

I'm not a wealthy person by any stretch of the imagination, but there are some things that are far more important to me than money. Hard working folks having their property and homes devalued and taken away by eminent domain so that others can profit is number two on my list. My faith, family, and home are number one.

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Ginga1414

Thanks for sharing your perspective, Ginga1414. I think you clearly and sincerely captured the sentiment of many long-time Fayette County residents. It’s helpful for even (or especially) the progressive-minded folk among us to hear where Fayette County “comes from” and how important that is.

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Ginga

Thank you.

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Ohhhh Butterfly...

Beauty fades, but stupid is forever....

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hahahaha!!! I think the screen name says it all, yes?

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Wildcat

Maybe your screen name does too......

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...for sure!!! And the pic just adds to it, don't you think?

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Tonto, I Guess You Would Have Gone Quietly

I guess you would have given up the home and property you and your family worked for without a word.

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Am I

the only one to notice that some people bitch about everything?

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tonto: Nope

You aren't the only person to notice that:)

This is quite a positive for FC that turned what looked like a minor disaster of Rivers and WFB into a huge positive. Way to go, FC.

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All of the homeowners along the West Fayetteville Bypass have known from the start exactly what would happen if the blooming thing was built.

The first time we all looked at the map, it was more than blatantly obvious. It wasn't designed to reduce traffic. IT WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE TRAFFIC!

Personally speaking, I think it was also designed to give mass/rapid transit (MARTA, etc) a thoroughfare into Fayette County.

I have been told by an extremely reliable source that this new project will eliminate the high density housing we would have gotten with the West Fayetteville Neighborhoods development. However you choose to look at the situation, it all boils down to "more begets more," and homeowners got the shaft.

Some folks have said that the homeowners were paid for their property. However, it didn't matter that the homeowners didn't want to be paid for their property. They wanted their properties intact. They didn't want part of their property on one side of the WFB and another part on the other side of the WFB. The homeowners wanted their nice quiet, traffic free neighborhoods to remain quiet and traffic free. Those are the reasons they moved to Fayette County. Some of those home and property owners wanted to preserve land that had been in their families for generations.

When Fayette County is all used up and paved over, it won't make a bit of difference; will it?

It certainly won't make a bit of difference to the family owned development businesses known as ARC Enterprises, LLLP, Sandy Creek Holdings, LLC, and Fayette Property Holdings, LLC. Those fine upstanding families, along with former commissioners sold Fayette County to the other developers. Some members of the previous Fayette County School Board sold Fayette County to the developers. And, one of our former Fayette Commissioners who has stated repeatedly that his family has been here for generations, that he cares about and loves Fayette County "deeply," and that he is a "road guy" sold Fayette County to the developers.

Yep, the WFB was never about relieving traffic. It was and is all about development!

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Things change

this could be a boom to the County if it comes to fruition. It should help bring up your property values...then you can sell and move to the middle of bumptruck.

I wish were I grew up in Morrow was just a sleepy little hamlet with one grocery store...it isn't...I moved on.

Hopefully solid growth like this and the SCAD school will help keep Fayette County on solid ground economically for years to come.

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Homeowners HAVE NOT been paid

Homeowners HAVE NOT been paid for their property! ARC Enterprises, LLLP, Sandy Creek Holdings, LLC, and Fayette Property Holdings, LLC are all ONE family. Get your facts straight before you go talking about something you don't have a clue about! Some members of that ONE family are being pushed out of a place they love and have no control over the situation. Those are the members of that ONE family that have worked hard on that land and are seeing their hard work stripped away. Thank goodness God created farmers because no one else would have the backbone to deal with this as well as the farmers that work this parcel!

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downtownbiz, Which Homeowners?

I am well aware that those folks are all one family. My children were raised with their children. Are you telling me that some members of the ARC Enterprises, Sandy Creek Holdings, and Fayette Property Holdings family are losing their property against their will?

If so, I would really like to know how that could be.

If that is true, we would have fought for those folks as hard as we fought for the WFB homeowners.

You are so right. "Thank goodness God created farmers!" American farmers have fed this country and many others when it was a struggle to feed their own families. If this country continues along the path we are on now, we will all be fed by the government.

I completely understand about the life of a farmer. All of my ancestors were farmers. My sister and I learned how to and helped milk cows, feed chickens, gather eggs, plow behind a mule, and pick crops from a very early age. I know what it means to love the land and one's home place.

Ancestral farms and home places are the reasons many of us in the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition fought so hard to prevent the road from taking over those precious places.

My heart goes out to the members of that family who "are being pushed out of a place they love." I truly wish we had all known about it sooner. Not that we would have been able to make a difference, but we could certainly have lent them our moral support.

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The only ones that still live on the property

that's who! Everyone else doesn't live on the property and the one signing the deal doesn't even live in this state!

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downtownbiz

Then I know them. I guess it is a case of family forcing family out.

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So, Ginga, now it is all out in the open. Evidently this was

the plan all along and we see where all the big bucks will be going. People will say this is a big boon to the area, but the dishonesty still smells up the situation to high heaven. Almost everyone could see that this road was not built to relieve traffic but to enrich the few. Forget about losing or spoiling your property that you worked hard for or that has been in the family for years and years--there were deals to make and moeny to grab. Crooked--most likely, unethical--definitely.

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So are you opposed to this new production studio?

Sounds like you are opposed to this new production studio coming to Fayette County. Problem is, without it, the tax base is drying up. Have you not noticed the financial situation of the school system lately? Or of the local municipalities? Even if you don't have children in the school system, having a top rated school system is good for you and your property values. This will bring well paid employees who will be in the market for homes, as well as provide new job opportunities for existing residents. (Much better jobs than retail sales clerks, Mr. Mayor.) Combined with the SCAD campus on the site of Rivers Elementary, which will provide great educational opportunities for our graduating high school students, I'd say it's a win win, except for a few NIMBY's. I'm guessing that the SCAD campus will have something to do with providing education related to the film industry.

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If anyone in Fayette County is aware of our school system's financial situation, I most certainly am aware of it. I also know very well just exactly how our school system got to the point of financial ruin.

If anyone in Fayette County is aware of the overall financial situation, I am certainly aware of it.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is one of the most highly rated schools in the country. We would be well blessed to have it located in Fayette County.

Even the production studio would be a tax boost to the county.

However, it concerns me greatly when our former commissioners ignored our land use plan to build the WFB.

It concerns me greatly when home and property owners received the short end of the stick due to construction of the WFB. Those folks have been paying taxes for many many years, and now their property values have been greatly reduced because the WFB is running through their land.

It concerns me greatly when the family of one of our former commissioners owns a large tract of property connected to the WFB and said commissioner repeatedly states that "The West Fayetteville Bypass is my baby!"

It concerns me greatly when this county says it has no funds to repair collapsing road infrastructure but yet there is money to build more roads. We should be able to maintain what we have before we get "more." I am more than concerned when the State Legislature passes a bill to allow county governments to divert local T-SPLOST funds to more critical road needs and our commissioners would rather impose a stormwater tax/fee on an already taxed to the max population.

But, I guess all of that is okay as long as you aren't one of the almost six miles worth of NIMBY's who are more than footing the bill for the blooming road!

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ginga & SPLOST Funds

Remember that not one of our current commissioners voted for a stormwater tax. Also, I remember that Commissioner Brown previously tried to reallocate some SPLOST dollars from future to current projects but Frady, Hearn, & Horgan shot that proposal down. I look for the same issue to be revisited by our current Board of Commissioners. Do not despair--all is not lost!

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benefits and drawbacks of West Fayetteville Bypass

I'm kind of new to the discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the West Fayetteville Bypass, where this studio seems to be planning to locate. I'm aware that the costs of the bypass are higher than planned, and there was some concern of possible nepotism in its development. Neither of those things are positive. That being said, does this new studio imply that one of the strengths of the bypass is for economic development?

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W Fayetteville "by-pass"

I can't wait until they start putting up traffic lights and gas stations on the by-pass to accommodate all this awesome potential growth.
Goodbye short cut around Fayetteville (at least the Northwest part of Fayetteville).