BY BILL MCGRAW • MOTOR CITY JOURNAL • February 2, 2009
Allen Park officials either have previewed an exciting new era for their city or pumped up residents for a blockbuster letdown.
They issued a statement Jan. 6 that said the city is "in heavy discussions with a Hollywood studio executive with ties to Michigan who intends to build a $100-million film production studio in Allen Park."
One marquee detail that was mentioned: 3,500 full-time jobs.
The statement was highly unusual. Negotiations for such big projects almost always remain secret until there is a deal to announce. However, officials said they had to move because word was beginning to leak. One line in the statement cautioned: "It may not happen."