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Stocker Street Creative achieves next milestone in development of South Los Angeles film campus

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Located between Don Felipe Drive and Santa Rosalia Drive in Baldwin Hills, this landmark project aims to support the revitalization of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Boulevard Corridor.

 

 

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The Stocker Street Creative will bring a film studio to Baldwin Hills. This Black-led project will feature 50,000 square feet of sound stage studio space, community rooms, and restaurants.

 

 


Stocker Street Creative (SSC), the dynamic new film campus under construction in South Los Angeles, has reached a significant milestone by submitting its development application to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. With a focus on television and film production, entertainment, and technology, SSC aims to revitalize a 5-acre site into a thriving creative campus, fostering economic development and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities within the creative sector.

Jessica Sarowitz, an Afro-Latina entrepreneur and visionary behind SSC, is reshaping LA’s creative landscape through philanthropy, filmmaking, and social impact investing.

"As a multi-racial woman of color, an immigrant, and a social impact investor, I am committed to leveling the playing field by providing economic development and growth to underserved communities around the country," she said.

Stan Washington (right), a View Park resident, and the developer and project executive of the Stocker Street Creative, with 4S Bay Partners, LLC founder and managing partner Jessica Sarowitz and chief investment officer Jim Casselberry. Photos by Jason Lewis
 

Funding for SSC is provided by 4S Bay Partners, a single-family office dedicated to eradicating prejudice and societal inequities through innovative private investments. Collaborating with communities locally and globally, 4S Bay fosters economic opportunities and amplifies the narratives of marginalized groups.

Sarowitz has assembled a diverse team of local experts in development and design to ensure SSC becomes one of Los Angeles' most innovative projects. Located between Don Felipe Drive and Santa Rosalia Drive in Baldwin Hills, this landmark project aims to support the revitalization of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Boulevard Corridor. SSC will convert a 5-acre site currently occupied by office buildings into approximately 200,000 square feet of creative space, including approximately 50,000 square feet of soundstages and 145,000 square-feet of commercial office, production support, and pre- and post-production facilities. Additional amenities will include restaurant and retail spaces, including a rooftop restaurant concept, and parking for more than 250 vehicles.

Partnering with local stakeholders, SSC aims to cultivate a vibrant creative ecosystem that nurtures diverse talent and fosters growth opportunities. Notable Black-owned architecture firm JGM has been enlisted to design the development, and LA-based Pantheon Business Consulting LLC will spearhead the redevelopment.

Simeon Stewart (center), who is the project manager, is a graduate of Locke High School and USC.
 

"We're constructing a campus that will have a lasting economic impact on our community and serve as a hub for creatives of color to champion authentic storytelling," said Stanley Washington, president and CEO of Pantheon Business Consulting. "We've successfully assembled a development team from within the community, ensuring that all voices are heard."

"Our goal at SSC goes beyond mere development; we are committed to creating opportunities and uplifting the community. Our vision for SSC is to become a beacon of opportunity and inspiration," added Sarowitz. "Our project represents a pledge to equity and empowerment, ensuring that individuals not only benefit from the opportunities we create but also see themselves reflected in them. It has been designed and developed with their needs and aspirations in mind."

For more information about Stocker Street Creative, visit www.stockerstreetcreative.com