Trilith Studios seeking big expansion along Veterans Parkway

>Trilith Studios website shows studios on right, town on left.
Trilith Studios website shows studios on right, town on left.

Another Development of Regional Impact (DRI) has been filed on Fayetteville’s west side. This one, already inside the city limits, is situated on property along Veterans Parkway and calls for a 4.7 million sq. ft. expansion of Trilith Studios/Town at Trilith.

History was made in Fayetteville on Aug. 1, 2013 when the annexation and rezoning of approximately 1,200 acres on the city’s west side received a unanimous vote by the City Council. A portion of that acreage became Pinewood Atlanta Studios, followed by the mixed-use Pinewood Forrest development, with both now known as Trilith.

Today, an expansion proposal through the DRI process has been made to the Ga. Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) to add an additional 4.7 million sq. ft. of studio, production, office, warehouse, retail and residential space on acreage extending south of the current Trilith Studios property and extending to Veterans Parkway toward Ga. Highway 54.

Only initial information pertaining to the DRI is available on the DCA website.

The proposed project, Trilith Studios/Town at Trilith expansion (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios/Pinewood Forrest), includes 913 combined acres located east and west of Veterans Parkway and north of Sandy Creek Road, the DRI document said.

The DRI information notes that the applicant is seeking to modify the former DRI, which included 696 acres, and with the proposed expansion now covering 913 acres.

The expansion will include an additional 4.7 million sq. ft. of studio, film stage, production, warehouse, office, retail space and 55 residential units, the DRI document said.

The overall project includes 6.9 million sq. ft. studio, film stage, production, warehouse, office and retail space, the DRI filing said.

The overall project completion date was listed as 2032.

The bulk of the property is situated south of Trilith Studios and largely on the west side of Veterans Parkway, in closer proximity to Hwy. 54. In terms of a landmark, much of the property is located across Veteran Parkway from the Georgia Military College campus.

Assuming its approval after the DRI process, which always includes a traffic study, a portion of the project could require rezoning by the Fayetteville City Council. There would be no need for annexation since the property is already situated inside the city limits.  

Beyond that, a host of development and site plans will require approval by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.