Glendale is ready for its close-up.
Brooklyn-based television and film production company Broadway Stages plans to build a massive film studio and retail complex in the neighborhood with existing warehouses.
The firm purchased Atlas Terminals, a huge industrial park with buildings adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park mall, for $19.5 million, as first reported by The Courier on Monday.
“We’re excited to turn the existing warehouses at Atlas Terminals into some TV and film studios and create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses,” said Jackie Kessel, Broadway Stages spokeswoman. “We look forward to working with local officials as we develop our plans to draw on all of the energy around Atlas Park, bringing new jobs, business growth and economic development to Queens.”
The site comprises 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Ave. There are 21 buildings and multiple parking areas on the site with about 500,000 square feet of building space.
Damon Hemmerdinger of ATCO Properties, which foreclosed on the Atlas Park Mall in 2009, sold the property to Broadway Stages. Hemmerdinger began shopping the 11-acre Atlas Terminals site in 2011.
The Broadway Stages representative did not say when the studios will open.
Public officials in the area are optimistic that the development of the site can boost the neighborhood.
“Though we only have preliminary information at this point, I am pleased to hear Broadway Stages could bring a film studio and industry services to our community,” State Sen. Joseph Addabbo said. “In addition to the cultural advantages, the renovation and upkeep for a studio could provide job opportunities for my constituents. Also, the new studio’s location next to The Shops at Atlas Park could promote the Shops’ businesses, and overall contribute a boost to our local economy.”