On Michigan in Pictures we recently wondered whether the road to Oz will wind through Michigan. Here’s a feature on where the Wizard’s balloon may land in Michigan.
Great Lakes Echo has a cool series about City Recycling in the Great Lakes Region that looks at how brownfields and abandoned industrial centers are being reborn in our region. About a month ago, Courtney Morra wrote Former truck factory could make Michigan a movie star, an in-depth feature on the Raleigh Michigan Studios reconstruction project well underway at the General Motors Pontiac Assembly Center (video from employees on last day). LA based Raleigh Studios is the country’s longest-running film studio with over 2 million square feet of production space. The project is slated for opening this year and will add significantly to their capacity and create over 5,000 new jobs:
The studio will be equipped for 3D animation and special effects, and serve as a learning center for Michigan film students. Students are expected from the nearby Detroit College for Creative Studies and Oakland Community College.
…The new studio’s financing includes $11.1 million in Michigan Film Infrastructure tax credits, according to a report from Crain’s Detroit Business.
â€œThe infrastructure credit was put in place to encourage the building of film infrastructure projects, including studios, sound stages and post houses,â€ said Michelle Begnoche, a communications representative from the Michigan Film Office. â€œApproved applicants receive a 25 percent tax credit against their Michigan business tax.â€
There is a Raleigh Michigan Studios site that is apparently coming soon, but you can get information on the Raleigh Michigan Studios Facebook. There’s also a section at raleighstudios.com that includes a studio map, location, a photo gallery and information about the unique design of 9 sound stages (175,000 sq. ft.) and support space. You can also get more at Raleigh Michigan Studios on mLive including this video tour & interview with the devleopers.