Rooker to Develop Movie Studio, 1.1M SF Distribution Center South of Atlanta
UNION CITY, GA. — Atlanta-based Rooker has partnered with 404 Studio Partners to develop a movie and television studio known as Atlanta Metro Studios. The 345,000-square-foot project will be located in Union City, 17 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. Phase I of the studio will feature 130,500 square feet of soundstages, 60,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of construction/flex space. Rooker, which purchased the 90-acre property in February, will be the developer and general contractor of the studio complex. 404 Studio Partners, led by a team of film and television production professionals, will be the exclusive sales, marketing and operations management company for the studio facilities. The site of the studio complex is currently home to the former Shannon Mall, which is currently being demolished. Additionally, Rooker is developing a 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center at the site. The property will feature 36-foot clear heights, 60-foot-wide bay spacing, ESFR fire suppression and 900 parking spaces. Colliers International is the leasing agent for the distribution center. Vertical construction on both the studio facility and the distribution center will begin in March 2015 with completion expected in fourth-quarter 2015.