Owner, developer to split disputed $400K in Gwinnett movie studio flap
Jim Jacoby hopes to turn 114 acres of the OFS optic fiber manufacturing site, formerly operated by Lucent, into a massive complex for making movies and TV shows. The Atlanta Media Campus and Studios will include a film school, housing, hotel and other amenities if Jacoby’s dream comes true.
The developer who pitched a massive movie studio project near Norcross will split the roughly $400,000 once fought over by it and the owner of the possible studio site.
Both legal matters between Jacoby Development and fiber optic company OFS, which owns the site near I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, are now resolved —though the role of Jacoby in any future development on the property remains uncertain.
A Gwinnett County Superior Court judge signed last week an order giving Jacoby and OFS each half of the nearly $400,000 in earnest and escrow money they had quarreled over for months. Court documents suggested the settlement was reached voluntarily by the parties.
Little has happened on the site, however, and OFS initiated a separate lawsuit in Fulton County earlier this year, claiming Jacoby hadn't paid more than $120,000 in rent for buildings that it and affiliated studio company MBS3 were allowed to lease on OFS property.
OFS also claimed that its larger purchase-sale agreement with Jacoby had expired in Sept. 2016.
Jacoby and OFS have both remained quietly publicly. The developer has not commented on the litigation and OFS spokeswoman Sherry Salyer has only released the following comment: “OFS self-manages an active television and film production portfolio while continuing to market a portion of the property.”
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.