The Ottawa Film Office (OFO) and its industry partner TriBro Studios have submitted a proposal to the National Capital Commission for a $40-million soundstage campus and creative hub at the Greenbelt Research Farm across from the Nepean Sportsplex.
The proposed soundstage campus and creative hub will create approximately 500 full-time jobs during construction, according to the film office. The development will generate approximately $40 million in new economic activity and in excess of 500 new full-time jobs within its first few years of operation.
The 9.86-hectare campus and creative hub will be an effective, low-impact use of the already developed and fully serviced portion of this property, the OFO said in a statement.
The research farm was built by Agriculture Canada in the 1960s and acquired by the NCC in 2000. Since its closure in 1998, many of the buildings have remained vacant.
“We are encouraged that no farmland or forested area will be impacted by this project. Not only will the proposed campus be sustainable, the accompanying re-naturalization of 21.5 hectares at the former Capital Golf Centre, adjacent to the Lester Wetlands, will result in a net gain to the Greenbelt,” the OFO said.
As part of the Greenbelt Master Plan Amendment process, the NCC will says it is providing the public with the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal, with a consultation scheduled for Sept. 5.