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ABOUT FACE: CITY OFFICIALS NOW SAY DOWNEY STUDIOS WON’T CLOSE FOR TESLA

BY ERIC PIERCE / DOWNEY PATRIOT

After the Downey Patriot’s story last week that Tesla Motors is seeking to lease 51 acres on the former NASA site, likely spelling the end of Downey Studios, city officials are now saying the movie studios “will remain open even after the new tenant arrives.”

The Planning Commission approved an IRG application last week that sought to subdivide the land to suit Tesla’s needs.

“[With] Tesla Motors leasing the lion’s share of the studio site, Downey Studios will more than likely shutter their operations,” Brian Saeki, community development director for the city, wrote in an accompanying staff report. “Closing the studios will in turn open up Parcel 3 [approximately 14 1/2 acres] for redevelopment.”

However, the city released the following statement yesterday afternoon:

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