Dec 21, 2021 - Business

Arkansas' Chaffee Crossing goes Hollywood

A rendering of the  TGE Spark Studios at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
A rendering of the TGE Spark Studios at Chaffee Crossing. Courtesy: MAHG Architecture

The Fort Chaffee Board of Directors approved the sale of nearly 20 acres of land to TGE Global Entertainment to build a $30 million film and television studio.

  • The project is to be named TGE Spark Studios.

Why it matters: The studio could bring more film projects to Arkansas and generate an estimated $32 million in annual economic impact for the Fort Smith area.

Flashback: Arkansas has served as a backdrop to about 75 films, from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1927 to HBO's "True Detective" (season 3) in 2019.

By the numbers: The agreement includes 15 acres at $40,000 each and $299,000 for four buildings on 3.5 acres, for a total of $899,000.

  • TGE plans to build a 92,000 square foot facility with about half of that being film and television space.

The state offers competitive rebates or tax credits of 20% on goods and services and 30% on Arkansas-based labor.

What they're saying: "It would be a wonderful addition for Arkansas, especially for that region," Arkansas' film commissioner, Christopher Crane, told Axios.

  • He declined to speculate on what it could mean for the film industry in Arkansas but said that infrastructure like the proposed studio is always a good selling point.

What we're watching: The deal hasn't yet closed on the land, and there's no timeline on when construction will start.

Of note: Principal photography on the feature film "5,000 Blankets" is expected to wrap up in Fayetteville on Wednesday.

A rendering of the  TGE Spark Studios at Chaffee Crossing.
A rendering of the TGE Spark Studios at Chaffee Crossing. Courtesy: MAHG Architecture
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