A Netflix studio could be coming to New Jersey. But some are fighting the streaming services’ bid for a new film and television production facility. The space in question is an old U.S. Army base located on Fort Monmouth grounds, in Eatontown, N.J.
The streaming giant is one of four bidders trying to purchase the 300-acre site. At least two of the anonymous bidders have “proposed resident and retail space, with a smaller footprint for TV and movie production,” per NBC.
Resident Don Solecki spoke to the news outlet about how Netflix’s takeover could bring more opportunities to those looking to get their foot in the door working in media. “We think it’s going to bring a lot of jobs to the area. Also get rid of all those abandoned, dilapidated buildings,” he said.
Others are concerned about the noise that could potentially be made from the production of new television shows and films.
“They have a fair over there every year. I don’t mind the fair, but it’s loud and it goes on late at night,” said resident Ben Towner, per the outlet. “Without an assurance that they would be a good neighbor and tenant of the space, it’s difficult to say whether I’m thumbs up or thumbs down on that.”
A group named “No 2 Netflix” had one member speak to the local news outlet on why they disagree about Netflix’s potential development. They clarified that they are not “specifically anti-Netflix, just fearful the community would be subjected to over-promising and under-delivering on economic benefits.”
They added that it, “has happened in other towns when other film production companies try to move in.”
Another resident agreed with the group’s concerns.
“I’m more concerned about getting the job finished and developing the fort. That has been going on way too long and there’s been too many stops and go’s,” said resident Jim Gilmore.
Determining which developer could take over the old U.S. Army base could take until the end of 2022. A spokesperson for Netflix said that they have no comment for now per the outlet.