In the past few years, it seems that Hollywood has found the little secret that is Buffalo... So Buffalo Studios is adding another hook to get Hollywood to notice us even more.

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Grand Island native Matt Fleckenstein is CEO and founder of Buffalo Studios and made the announcement on WIVB-TV Thursday at the new project's proposed location on South Park Ave.

Buffalo Studios will be the first true Hollywood movie studio in Western New York, with sound stage capabilities for major film and TV projects and as an added plus offering film industry jobs across the region.

The future site of Buffalo Studios, is a 27-acre former steel mill, in the NYS Brownfield Clean-Up Program.

Phase 1 will be six stages with support and office space, set on approximately 10 acres, with 17 additional acres to expand, according to Fleckenstein.

The project is scheduled to break ground in late spring 2021 and hopes to be completed at the end of 2022.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says, “as my Administration continues to build on its commitment to increase access and opportunity for City residents who work in the film and television industry, today’s announcement that a second major studio is under development in our community reinforces that Buffalo is a destination for filmmakers, people want to come here and they want to make movies.”

Fleckenstein says local jobs will not be the only plus of the proposed project...

“Not only will Buffalo Studios bring jobs to the city but it will also offer academic collaborations with the University of Buffalo to train students in the full spectrum of film and animation production. This will allow for future generations of Buffalonians to be educated in the newest technology and skills used in film making and other productions – and to be able to work on those projects in their own backyard,” Fleckenstein added.