By Mike Hicks | The Michigan Journal | 4/21/09
Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka, Hollywood film executive Jimmy Lifton and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, announced at Allen Park City Hall their plans to build a $146 million media production studio factory and village. The studio will sit on 104 acres of land at Southfield Road and Enterprise Drive in Allen Park.
Unity Studios will be constructed in phases, with the first set to begin within 30 to 45 days and focusing on the building of soundstages and the Lifton Institute for Media Skills. The institute will mark one of the largest retraining programs ever enacted in Michigan, readying out-of-work skilled and unskilled laborers for careers in the entertainment industry. Up to 3,000 union jobs are expected to be created, with preference being given to Allen Park residents and laid off workers from across the region.