PHOTOS: Robert De Niro to open 7-story film studio in Astoria after city gives green light

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The design for the exterior of Wildflower Studio Photo credit Wildflower LTD

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It’s official! Robert De Niro is opening a film studio in Astoria after the city gave final approval recently.

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The seven story, 775,000-square-foot campus, dubbed Wildflower Studios, will be built in the industrial area of Ditmars on the site of the old Steinway piano building.

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Design for Wildflower Studios façade. Photo credit Wildflower LTD

The building will feature 11 sound stages, a waterfront promenade open to the public and 150,000 square feet of solar panels, according to a press release from Wildflower, the real-estate developer contracted to build the complex.

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Design for the waterfront promenade, which will be open to the public. Photo credit Wildflower LTD

The studio also hopes to house various new media projects including virtual reality, augmented reality and gaming.

“The vertical media production village will be home to storytellers working across all mediums — a three-dimensional hub of collaboration, creativity and innovation,” said Bjarke Ingels, the founder of the firm that designed the campus. “This first ground-up vertical production stage complex marks a new chapter in the city’s ability to create the stories of our future.”

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Design for an interior at Wildflower Studios. Photo credit Wildflower LTD

The $600 million project was first proposed over two years ago by real estate developer Wildflower LTD with the backing of legendary actor and New York native Robert De Niro.

De Niro’s son Raphael, a real-estate broker, is also involved in the project.

Wildflower hopes to complete construction by late 2023.

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Construction site for Wildflower Studios Photo credit Wildflower LTD
Featured Image Photo Credit: Wildflower LTD