A pair of movie executives from Hollywood will be in town this week to meet with government and development officials about the possibility of building a movie and television production complex on the South Weymouth Naval Air Station
A pair of movie executives from Hollywood will be in town this week to meet with government and development officials about the possibility of building a movie and television production complex at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
The executives are expected to arrive today and visit with Gov. Deval Patrick, state legislative leaders and Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay.
They will also continue negotiations with LNR Property Corp., the company redeveloping the 1,400-acre air base into a sprawling mixed-use complex called SouthField.
State Rep. Ronald Mariano, who authored a pending tax credit bill crucial to bringing the studio to Weymouth, said the group is willing to make a $300 million investment in the area, a figure that includes the purchase price for 30 acres of air base land.
“(The visit) pretty much continues their ongoing negotiations with LNR and checks on the status of the legislation and makes sure that they’ve presented their ideas to the the House and Senate and the executive branch,” Mariano said.
The two executives are part of a larger group eyeing the air base, which includes industry executives Lee Tomlinson, James Hirsch, Robert Papazian and Allan Kassirer.
Mark Drago, the former state film commission director, is the local representative for the group.
The group’s proposed campus-style complex would include sound stages, animation studios, motion-capture stages and office space to South Weymouth.
The plan is to build at least eight buildings for sound stages.
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