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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Wayans Brothers Plan Movie Studio

Update: It appears that The Wayans have decided to pull out of the project. (More)

The Wayans Brothers have been in negotiations with members of the Oakland City Council to develop a $300 million, 70-acre lot formerly used as a U.S. Army base. Their plans include development of a studio, theme park, retail and business center and luxury hotel. The Wayans are being represented by Pacifica Capital Urban Development Partnership. Britten Shuford, co-managing partner of the partnership.

The Wayans-Pacifica Capital group is trying to renegotiate the terms of an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement signed with the City of Oakland for the proposed purchase of 47 acres of old army base property because another plan by the Port of Oakland proposes to fill in 42 acres of the bay directly across from The Wayans project. This project (Berth 21) would stack storage containers on that land six to 15 stories tall and entirely blocking the view of the San Francisco skyline. The Wayans are meeting with city officials to try to draw up an alternative agreement with a new configuration of where their development would be located.

Both the bayfill and Berth 21 are mentioned in State Senator Don Perata’s Oakland Army Base Public Trust Exchange Act of 2005, which authorized the taking over of the old Army Base lands by the Port of Oakland and the City of Oakland. The Wayans Family is known for it’s 1990’s variety show “In Living Color,” as well as films “White Chicks” and “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.”
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