The property is owned by the
The well is permitted to draw up to 150,000 gallons of water a day. The well will make use of the existing 155-foot water tower that can hold up to 500,000 gallons of water.
The development authority will pay the
Workers will drill a 12-inch wide hole to a depth of 600 feet with drilling expected to take four to 10 weeks.
The well drilling began on Monday and is being done by Pinco of
Holes of increasing width will be drilled until 12 inches is reached. Steel bits with carbon tips are used on the drill stems.
The well will drill into the Upper Floridan Aquifer.
"We will probably hit that at about 200 to 300 feet," Pinholster said.
"Drilling this well should allow the studios to get up and running quickly now," John Henry of the
"Our general contractor is doing survey work and working with the IDA on phasing plans," Self said.
Plans previously announced have included a movie studio as the sole focus of phase one with phase two calling for a parking structure and corporate office. The project also includes residential space, an amphitheater and retail space.
"This is an extremely ambitious project," Self said. "We need to do quite a few things to get the project to full utilization."
Some road work will also be necessary soon to allow better construction access to the heavily wooded site.
The permitted capacity of the well under construction may not be enough as the project moves forward.
"We are not sure how much water the fully envisioned property will take," Self said.
As other phases are undertaken, he said, Medient will have a better idea of needs and the best way to get the water to the site.
"Due to the scale of the project, the design and engineering of the water infrastructure is critically important," Kumaran said, "and I would like to personally thank the teams of people who have worked on this to help achieve today's milestone.
Self also said Medient has four movie projects in various stages of production.
One film is the horror story, "The Damned," which will film in
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