Construction of the Sunset Studios is getting underway at Pier 94. The landmark film and television development is now encased behind hunter green construction fences while workers this week made efforts to safeguard Clinton Cove by deploying barriers and buoys.
The $350m Film and TV Studio Campus is on target to be completed by Autumn 2025, and the construction hustle is evident as Hell’s Kitchen locals walk through Clinton Cove in Hudson River Park and towards Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
Recently released architectural renderings of the first purpose-built studio campus in Manhattan give a vision for how Sunset Pier 94 Studios, a 266,000-square-foot structure, will fit into the Hudson River shoreline with a Hell’s Kitchen backdrop.
The studio will have six state-of-the-art sound stages, ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet. They will be equipped with cutting-edge soundproofing technology and have ceiling heights of up to 36 feet.
The project includes 145,000 square feet of dedicated production suites along with executive offices, areas for writers and storyboard creators, conference rooms and communal workspaces. The studio provides 21 electric vehicle charging stations in a 105-space subterranean parking facility.
The design incorporates 25,000 square feet of outdoor spaces by the waterfront for the public, and the developers will work with Hudson River Park to provide amenities and public restrooms at Clinton Cove. After public consultation, the design will include enhancements to bicycle pathways and vehicle access.
Vornado will own 49.9% of the venture, Hudson Pacific 25.6% and Blackstone 24.5%. They are jointly developing the $350m Sunset Pier 94 Studios alongside Hudson River Park. The city government and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have also backed the public-private venture.
The partners say the project will make New York more competitive with other production hubs like Los Angeles and create over 1,300 construction jobs and 400 permanent studio jobs. They claim it will contribute $5.4bn to the local economy over 30 years.