The company wants to make Saint-Louis a starting point for musical tours


“The facility itself is a Swiss Army knife. It’s designed to serve just about anything you can think of from a production standpoint.”

ST. LOUIS – The company behind a proposed massive music production facility for Chesterfield goes into more detail on its plans, as it hopes to make St. Louis a major practice stop for large touring groups.

These artists “need a place to build, prepare and prepare,” said Trey Kerr, CEO of Gateway Studios LLC, which is planning the 330,000 square foot building at 18125 Spirit Commerce Drive. St. Louis County records show that an entity related to Mark Burkhart of BurkHill Real Estate owns the Chesterfield Valley property.

“Hopefully St. Louis will start to become a starting and starting point for people to use these studios,” Kerr said, citing the region’s central location in the United States and proximity to others. major subways.

Visits could train at the facility for an average of four weeks, he said.

A primary practice facility for such tours, Rock Lititz in Lititz, Pa., Was late before the pandemic, Kerr said, demonstrating the need for more space.

The idea, he said, is to provide abilities to perfect the mix of lights, sound and video of a show. The Gateway Studios development would include four studios and could also accommodate corporate and video clients, Kerr said.

“The installation itself is a Swiss army knife,” he said. “It’s designed to serve just about anything you can think of from a production standpoint.”

GMA Architects is working on the project, for which the County of St. Louis last month approved at least $ 88 million to $ 130 million in Chapter 100 industrial development revenue bonds, plus a 50% rebate on 10-year property taxes and sales tax exemptions on building materials and the purchase of personal property. The Chesterfield Planning Department is still reviewing the project. Officials estimated the project would generate about $ 10,454,000 for tax jurisdictions over the life of the abatement, according to West Newsmagazine.

Gateway, already a production services provider for touring music, currently has about two dozen employees, Kerr said, not counting roadies or those who help install and maintain equipment for touring. With development, the number of full-time workers could increase by more than 100, Kerr said.

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