Lions Gate Films Inc. has secured a key designation by the state Economic Development Authority, allowing it to secure additional incentives in connection with a sprawling studio complex that’s now under construction in Newark.
In this month’s cover story we highlights the plan to restore and reactivate the property’s long-dormant and long-vacant ferry terminal. The master development team at LCOR envisions it as a unique destination for commuters, city residents and visitors — and as the centerpiece of the plan called Hoboken Connect — which became clearer after I recently toured the space with the firm’s Brian Barry. The building’s second floor, with its 21-foot ceiling heights and a large, column-less floorplate stretching nearly 500 feet, has all the makings of such a destination and the potential to achieve one of LCOR and NJ Transit’s top objectives: opening the terminal to the public while enhancing the commuter experience.
Plans to build a $125 million television and film production studio in Newark’s South Ward are expected to help cement efforts to build a durable infrastructure for the industry in New Jersey. They’re also the culmination of decades of wishful thinking in the city and, more recently, years of complicated deal-making that involved some of state’s biggest players, including Gov. Phil Murphy, as part of an aggressive push to attract productions and studio operations.