Turner Construction awarded contract to build major motion picture studio in Bayonne

Near the Bayonne Bridge sits a vacant piece of property that the city has long been looking to have developed. Last March, it was announced that a plan to build New Jersey’s largest film and television studio was proposed by Togus Urban Renewal.

On Friday, Turner Construction Co. said it will convert a 60-acre waterfront site into a 1.5 million-square-foot motion picture and television studio, complete with 17 buildings that include studio sound stages, flexible support/office spaces and workshop/mill buildings in which the stage sets will be constructed and stored.

The name of the new facility, 1888 Studios, recognizes the year the motion picture camera was invented.

It is expected that more than 2,000 construction workers will contribute to building the studio, which will have approximately 2,000-3,000 full-time employees when complete.

Environmental sustainability and resiliency will be built into the project, and the site will be increased in elevation to address potential flooding now and in the future.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the team that will transform this long-underutilized waterfront site in Bayonne. In addition to the positive economic benefit of the project for the community, I look forward to viewing the creative work that will be produced in these groundbreaking facilities,” Larry Boresen, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Co., stated. “It will also be great to see members of the community having access to a revitalized waterfront park and promenade that will be part of the campus.”

Construction is expected to begin in Q1 2023.