The Kane Studio 1,600 acre film project has been approved by city officials. Cost outlays have been reported to be at $700 million, but at a presentation before the city it was said to be a one billion dollar project. Either way it's big, so big that it will be the largest studio and production facility in the state. But before you panic that it will end up being an eye sore and another large clear cut, think again. This project, while bringing in jobs and revenue for the area, is a project carefully planned out to maintain the sustainability and beauty of the rural charm that Chattahoochee Hills is know for.
The plan is so that when complete, people will drive by and hardly even notice that it's there, with trees and rural agriculture space dedicated. The actual buildings will be nestled in an around the forest and natural geological land features. You can read about the presentation to the city by clicking on this link: https://www.chatthillsdistrict3.com/uploads/3/4/8/4/3484343/kane_studio_presentation_at_council_work_session__070722_.pdf Patrick Millsaps is heading up the project that could be around 3 1/2 million square feet when fully complete. This is really exciting for the area. From what I can tell there will be similar features to that you see at neighboring Serenbe https://www.serenbe.com, with hamlet style business space, residential units serving the local needs, a hotel, and of course massive production buildings. I couldn't just cut and paste pictures of the proposed development for my blog without permission but you can access these at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kane-studio-llc/posts/?feedView=all and also check out the official website for Kane Studios: www.kanestudio.com
No word yet as of writing if the purchase of the Painted Rocks Farm property along GA 70 just a mile or so North of the Coweta - Fulton County line has changed hands yet. Approval was needed as is customary with a project of this size, prior to purchase, but in the transcripts it was stated that they did have an Option for purchase on the farm. It's absolutely beautiful and I believe that if they stick to the design plans and strategy it should have minimal impact on the setting. This is the kind of development you want. We have tons of track housing already, and the Serenbe concept is exceptionally successful keeping traffic and pollution to a minimum and preserving the rural feel to the surrounding areas.
Another great aspect baked into this proposal is the developer's plans to help develop and build the new park neighboring Kane Studio's southern border. The picture I took from the sign posted on the fence outside the new park's entrance.
I'm excited about all of this. I think it's so cool that Georgia is the location for so many movies. Having this right here in our area will definitely make a giant impact but it also helps bring in much needed revenue to help improve the infrastructure. It also helps stabilize the economy providing a long term anchor so that all of our investments in private home ownership are protected not only for us but the future generations.
As more information becomes available on the new Studio, and on the park, I will update the blog.