Columbia College buys land for production facility

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Education reporter
  • September 11, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

Columbia College is one step closer to building a new $21-million sound stage and production facility in the South Loop now that the Chicago City Council has approved the sale of the land to the college.

The council voted today to sell the vacant 1-acre parcel at 1600 S. State St. t for $200,000.

Construction on the facility will start this winter, Columbia College spokeswoman Micki Leventhal says, and should be complete in early 2010. It is the first new capital construction the college has undertaken, she says, and will give students space they don't have right now for producing, shooting and editing movies.

Once the facility is built, the public could get a chance to attend occasional film screenings and other events there, Leventhal says.

The college is funding the project through an ongoing capital campaign. Columbia College has about 12,500 students with most of its degree programs focusing on communications, design, film and video.

Peter Sachs is a Chicago-based journalist. He covers higher education for the Daily News.