Langford film studios pass first reading, move onto public hearing

Langford film studios pass first reading, move onto public hearing
As part of the Langford Heights development project, the companys behind the project have applied to build film studios. (Strand Properties and Bastion Development)

A new project in Langford that would see the development of two new film studios could begin construction as early as June.

Langford council approved a first reading of the project involving two 20,000 square foot film studios.

It’s all part of the Langford Heights development, put forward by Strand Properties and Bastion Development.

The application from Strand and Bastion says film studios would bring economic activity to the city.

“Film users are an economic driver for communities, and they require high levels of employees per square foot of employment,” the application says. “Many of these employees want to live in close proximity to their work.”

Currently, there’s only one film studio on the South Island, in Parksville, and it’s fully booked until January 2024.

Lillian Szpak, Langford councillor, says this would be a great addition to the community.

“We think that it’s a game-changer for Langford in a way, it’s a great employer,” Szpak said. “We probably have people here in Langford now that could be employed through a sound studio.”

The film studios are part of the development being built on the land where Westshore Speedway currently is, but the film studios would be built adjacent to the race track.

The speedway was put up for sale in March of 2020, which sparked backlash in the community.

The development heads to a public hearing on May 6.

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