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Blockbuster movies could soon be shot in Carteret

For any of us who grew up in the Carteret area, this is a very cool thing to think about. A film studio. A huge one. Built on the water.

There is a proposal to take the former Dupont estate and turn it into a mini Hollywood with film and television production studios, hotel rooms and offices. With a Go Big or Go Home attitude, the plan calls for a dozen soundstages, each measuring 20,000 square feet.

There are also 15 floors of hotel and social media suites, rooftop facilities and even a 25,000 square foot retail space. The idea is to do more than just build and preserve the surrounding space. This is part of a $1 billion redevelopment project that will be submitted to the Carteret Planning Committee.

“What is being proposed here is absolutely spectacular,” says Dan Reiman, Mayor of Carteret. “This is a great opportunity to further expand our industrial and commercial base to truly highlight the $2 billion development that has taken place at Carteret and it fits well with the Center for the Performing Arts at Washington avenue one. This has the potential to create thousands of local jobs and pump $1 billion in unionized construction into the port area, as well as permanent long-term jobs such as stagehands and the support staff needed.”

Film crew and cameraman.

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If you’re from this area like me, you’ll remember Carteret for its hard working class vibe, warehouses, strip clubs and chemical plants. It is just a stone’s throw from East Jersey State Prison on the Rahway-Avenel border. Carteret has a bite that something like that would shake off. Or maybe hug?

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Movies have been filmed locally in the area including Mickey Roarke’s The Wrestler and Sylvester Stallone’s Lock Up. It would be great for the local economy if this came to fruition and a fun flex for all of us who grew up walking these streets. Let’s hope this happens.

The opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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