Public reviews plans for Studio Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE - On Sunday, the public had a chance to look over plans for the proposed film studio that a developer wants to build at the old Eastland Mall.

Last week, the city rejected Bert Hesse’s request for a five-month extension on the plan and seemed ready to get rid of the deal altogether. Then, it decided to negotiate exclusively with Studio Charlotte through the end of the month.

Community members organized a rally to see Hesse’s vision for the 88-acre site in East Charlotte.

At the end of the month, city leaders intend to listen to ideas from other developers with ideas for the site.

The film industry is big in North Carolina. However the tax incentives that draw film crews here could soon be eliminated, extended, or rewritten.

The state Legislature must make a decision on tax incentives when lawmakers return in May. Currently, North Carolina refunds expenses by production companies that film in the state, but that law is set to expire this year.