Miami will begin negotiations with a national studio operator to create a production facility in the city’s urban core.
On Wednesday, the board of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency selected EUE/Screen Gems as the preliminary winner of a bid to create the tax-funded $10 million studio complex on city-owned land near Overtown. In September, Miami approved the land and subsidy package to retrofit a building at 50 NW 14th St. into a “Miami Entertainment Complex” in an effort to sustain the city’s production industry and attract more television shows and movies to the area.
A selection committee gave EUE/Screen Gems the top ranking before Wednesday’s vote to launch negotiations with the New York-based company. It operates production complexes in Wilmington, N.C. and Atlanta.
“We are eager to begin discussions on how we can add a location as diverse and as vibrant as this one to our production studio portfolio,” Chris Cooney, chief operating officer of EUE/Screen Gems, said in a statement. “The locations here are like no other in the country, and the Hollywood community is very aware of the assets Florida offers.”
EUE’s team included AECOM’s Coral Gables office, along with the surveying team of J. Bonfill & Associates, the Miami engineering firm of Kaderabek Company and Fort Lauderdale based Facchina Construction of Florida.