Ventura County News
New movie studio coming soon to Moorpark
MOORPARK, Calif. (KABC) -- A sprawling new movie studio lot could soon be coming to Ventura County.
The Moorpark City Council has given initial approval for the development of Moorpark West Studios, on the north side of Los Angeles Avenue near Gabbert Road.
Triliad Development Inc. would build the 44-acre project on the west end of the city on undeveloped land.
It would include a dozen sound stages, three office buildings, 18 studio support buildings and more.
Wednesday night, the Moorpark City Council gave its initial unanimous approval for the project. A final vote will happen in about two weeks.
Moorpark Mayor Janice Parvin says the city is looking forward to bringing Hollywood to Moorpark
"We helped facilitate a lot of interaction between the other organizations that they would have to work through to get this project approved," said Parvin. "Our city is very proud to have worked very well with the developer to get them through this process. We need jobs, and this is going to bring those jobs to Moorpark."
Residents say the proposed project would not disturb any natural habitat and would create jobs, so they are all for it.
"I think it is fantastic," said Moorpark resident Laura Mustachio. "I think it will be great for Moorpark- job opportunities, change the landscape of Moorpark. I am excited. I am thrilled."
"I think it is great, anything that brings jobs to the community and jobs to the area is a fantastic thing," said Moorpark resident Mike Stillwagon.
Triliad Development Inc. officials say the proposed movie studio complex would lease space for movie and television projects.
Officials say with more than 3,000 television and movie studio employees living in Ventura County, more people in the industry could work closer to home if the facility is built.
"Our community is opening its arms to the industry," said Parvin. "We have thousands of people in the area that work in the industry."
The developer says once everything is approved from start to finish it will take about three years to complete the $200 million project. City officials say the developer is footing the bill for the entire project.
ventura county news, leo stallworth
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