Wish Upon a Star


Sirius, the dog star

Dogstar to light Stratford factory
Investors hope to turn former Exxon plant into production facility

By Rob Varnon
Updated: 12/01/2009 12:15:21 AM EST

STRATFORD — Play it again, Sam, or in this case, Allen.

Like that misquoted classic movie line, a New Haven investor is once again playing a hopeful tune people just love to hear in a community where manufacturing has taken a hit.

The tune promises to chase away the silence and darkness of a shuttered factory with the lights, cameras and action of the movie business.

This time, Allen Christopher and a group of investors have taken their show a few miles down the road to Exxon’s old chemical plant at 495 Lordship Blvd., where they plan to open Dogstar Studios next year.

We have our fingers crossed and hope Mr. Christopher succeeds with this venture and that is wildly profitable. This time he has two major advantages; he is not dealing with Miron nor the Nateras. That alone should give him ample opportunity to succeed.

In the meantime, we are still stuck with the Nateras, a huge amount of toxic waste and the City of Bridgeport. Thanks, Jim.

5 Responses to “Wish Upon a Star”

  1. 1 jezebel282


    This is the best news (except for the election) we’ve heard in a long long time.

    We hope that this venture can be closed swiftly and avoid the local politics that seem to kill creative ideas. It is exactly the type of development so badly needed in Stratford. Private investors believing in Stratford and not requesting taxpayer subsidies in order to succeed. What could be better?

    Good luck Mr. Christopher, we look forward to trucks carrying scenery.

  2. 2 ronmoreau


    It appears that Mr. Christopher is a mover and shaker. He knew to get away from the shakey situation at the AVCO property. Good for him, good for the Town of Stratford. With an Honorable Mayor at Stratfords helm, things will start happening that will benefit everyone in Stratford. Not just a select few.

  3. 3 phineast

    That is the truth!

  4. 4 jezebel282


    Common sense breaks out in Stratford!

    Entertainment production complex OK’d in Stratford
    By Richard Weizel, STAFF WRITER
    Published: 12:07 a.m., Thursday, March 18, 2010

    STRATFORD — Lights, camera, action. At least it looks that way for what officials say will be one of the largest television, film and sound production complexes on the East Coast.

    Town officials hope the studios will be to 21st-century Stratford what the Shakespeare theater was during the 1960s through ’70s when it was the state’s largest tourist attraction and sparked economic development.

    Officials on Wednesday hailed the Zoning Commission’s unanimous approval late Tuesday of a multi-dimensional production studio for the entertainment industry at the vacant 292,000-square-foot Exxon chemical plant at 495 Lordship Blvd. as Stratford’s largest economic development project in at least a decade or more.

    The project is nearly identical to the one proposed by the former Hollywood East group for the 78-acre former Army engine plant on Main Street that was headed by Allen Christopher, now managing member of the DMG Studio Holdings plan on Lordship Boulevard.

    Now that zoning approval has been granted, Christopher said Wednesday he will move ahead to open Dogstar Studios within the next year by developing the 18-acre property into production facilities for a diverse range of entertainment media.

    “To say I’m ecstatic would be an understatement,” said Christopher, of New Haven, who was ousted from the Hollywood East development team last year in the midst of a bitter court battle among the partners….

    Hmmm…we wonder how many years Mr. Christopher will have been running a successful tax generating business before the Nateras and Hollywood East ever close the deal on the SAEP.

  5. 5 ronmoreau

    Thumbs up to everyone involved with this project. And to Mr. Christopher for investing in our community.

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