Tenants sought for Austin Studios creative media hub

Mar 4, 2014
Austin American Statesman

It might not look like much right now, but a long-vacant former National Guard armory in East Austin will soon be transformed into a high-tech creative media hub. Once complete, the facility will become the latest addition to Austin Studios, home to sound stages, several locally based filmmakers and production companies and related businesses


The complex, where a number of well-known movies and TV shows have been filmed, including “Spy Kids” and former ABC Family drama “The Lying Game,” is carved out of a portion of what was once Austin’s Robert Mueller Municipal Airport at 1901 E. 51st St.


Before work begins to renovate the 75,000-square-foot space, the Austin Film Society is working to line up long-term leases with one or more anchor tenants interested in spaces spanning 10,000 square feet or more


Small suites for other businesses, offices for the Austin Film Society, a screening room, a cafe and conference areas will fill the remainder of the building


Work is expected to begin early next year, with completion planned for early 2016


Anchor tenants interested in locating at the creative media hub have until April 30 to submit required paperwork, with plans calling for negotiations to be completed by mid-2014


The most ideal tenants, according to marketing materials obtained by the American-Statesman, would help diversify the Austin Studios tenant mix, have stellar reputations within the industry, be committed to community involvement, create new jobs and new products and be financially stable


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