Turner to build 60-acre New Jersey film studio

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New York headquartered Turner Construction has won a contract from Togus Urban Renewal to build a 1.5m sq ft film and television studio in Bayonne, New Jersey.

1888 Studios will be a 17 building campus which includes sound stages, office spaces and workshop buildings where sets will be constructed and stored.

The site is located on a waterfront overlooking Staten Island and will be elevated to reduce the risk of future flooding.

2,000 jobs are expected to be created during construction and 2,000 – 3,000 full time roles will be available once the project is complete.

The studio’s name references the year the motion picture camera was invented, the world’s oldest surviving film “Roundhay Garden Scene” was created and also when Thomas Edison began experimenting with adding sound to moving images.

Larry Boresen, Turner’s vice president, said: “We are extremely excited to be part of the team that will transform this long under-utilised waterfront site in Bayonne. In addition to the positive economic benefit of the project for the community, I look forward to viewing the creative work that will be produced in these groundbreaking facilities.

“It will also be great to see members of the community having access to a revitalised waterfront park and promenade that will be part of the campus.” 

Construction on the project is due to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

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  1. Wonderful news but shameful we don’t have a movie theater in Bayonne to watch movies anymore. And I hope there’s parking for everybody including Bayonne residents who live in the area.
    If a film is being shot at a studio for some weeks, where are the actors & workers going to sleep? Will they be going over the Bayonne Bridge to stay at a Staatan Island hotel? Why not build some hotels in Bayonne? We were promised one down Hook Road years ago.

  2. Fantastic news!!
    Just what New Jersey needs!

  3. I think this project is a wonderful idea. Any one working their , could walk outside for a moment & enjoy the view. With the promise of jobs, during construction & after is great for Bayonne, which needs some sprucing up. Will you have tours? If so I would love one, once project is completed. Tours of movie 🎥 studio. Keep me posted.

  4. I wish I was young enough to work there or help build it I have plumbing experience but I’m 70 years old and maybe when it’s done I can take a tour

  5. Thank you Mr Turner… NJ need the jobs!!

  6. Bayonne is a special place and this construction will only make it more special. Cruise Terminal, deluxe golf course, the beautiful teardrop memorial and now the film industry puts it right on the list of great cities.

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