Mesa city council recently approved a rezoning of 55 acres at Hawes and Germann roads for Gateway Studios. Of course, it is convenient that Arizona has a significantly sized movie infrastructure tax credit. If you ask me this whole thing reeks of land developers going for a quick handout.
I am all for bringing new economies into Metro Phoenix. I am not sure that subsidization that is quite this heavy is the right approach. It would be wonderful if this deal brought significant film production here, but I remain skeptical. If it’s any consolation Detroit is doing a similar film incentive. Have I mentioned before that “Incentives Kill Creativity?” What are your thoughts?