Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rotwitt-led Sun Center Studios breaking ground

"A groundbreaking will be held Thursday June 10th for Sun Center Studios, an $85 million film and production studio that will be constructed in Chester. The project is spearheaded by Jeffrey Rotwitt, a partner in Sun Center Studios and former lawyer with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.

Rotwitt is at the center of a controversy that emerged in recent weeks over the construction of a family court building in Philadelphia. The construction of the court building has prompted an FBI investigation, Rotwitt’s law firm to fire him and the state to take over the project.

Sun Center Studios will be built on 33 acres of the former Tri-State Sports Complex at 63 Concord Road. It will total 370,000 square feet and have five studios, seven soundstages, a 4-D movie theater and high-tech museum. Dozens of state and local officials are scheduled to attend the groundbreaking including Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; J. Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary for tourism, film and marketing at the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development; and state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-Delaware. Some state funds and local and state tax credits have been earmarked for the project. For example, it received a $459,000 loan for a geothermal heat pump that will be installed at the studios.

The studios could create more than 1,000 new jobs in the five-county region over the next three years and is being touted as a tourist attraction, according to a statement about the project."

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