As a follow-up to our story reported yesterday, we get more in-depth details on the new TV and film production studio that Disney was recently approved to have built near Santa Clarita via The Hollywood Reporter.

At full build-out, Disney/ABC Studios at The Ranch will include six soundstage buildings, production offices, talent bungalows, a commissary and more. It will eventually employ 2,854 people and contribute $533 million in annual economic activity throughout Los Angeles County.

On the negative side, the article also outlines some environmental issues that need to be addressed, and the resulting opposition.

Also on Wednesday, an environmental group that has opposed the project accused Disney of ignoring many of its concerns, including the removal of 158 oak trees, significant changes to natural waterways and a plan for a large parking garage it said would add to air pollution and global warming.

“Disney calls themselves environmentally sensitive, but this project doesn’t reflect that,” said Lynne Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (or SCOPE). “They’re required to get other permits and we’ll continue to look closely at the project. We’re considering our options.”

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Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.

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