Possible Eastland Mall Investor Comes Forward
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Bert Hesse has a vision for the 81 acres of the Eastland Mall. "If this comes to fruition, in 10-15 years, you won't recognize this area of town," he said.
Hesse calls it Central Avenue Pictures. A working studio lot that will transform the boarded up shops into sound stages, post production facilities, classrooms and offices.
"There are a lot of people like me. They stick their neck out on something sometimes it gets cut off and it gets handed back to you but sometimes it doesn't and when it doesn't you feel good like you've accomplished something," he said.
Hesse said he's working to secure more than 50-million-dollars worth of funding from major lenders across the country and around the world. He said several national and international studios are already interested.
"This is going to take a lot of people, a lot of money and a lot of support," said Hesse.
Hesse has been an independent film producer for the last twelve years. He hopes his latest project will soon come to this neighborhood near you.
"And hopefully this can be another project that I don't get my head handed to me on...haha," he said.
The studio could be completed in phases over a few years. Possible investors have to act quickly.