BY JESSICA MEDITZ
After three years of construction from the ground up, The Film Factory stands tall and proud in an industrial part of Ridgewood. The massive space boasts four stories and 140,748 square feet. The development was honored in the category of New Construction/Mixed Use at the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Building Awards ceremony this past month.
Loreen Domijan, senior vice president at The Film Factory, said the team saw an opportunity to enter the Queens Chamber’s Building Awards, as the space is a great accomplishment that has developed the community. The Film Factory became fully operational in January 2021 and is the site of various activities and companies, including catering, graphics, clothing and specialty art moving companies, as well as film industry giants like Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s movie and television production unit and Picture Car Services.
The work of G Builders LLC and architect Alta Indelman has resulted in a state-of-the-art facility with ample amenities for tenants, including a one-acre parking lot, several loading docks, 3,000-square-foot terrace with outdoor arrangements, and a rooftop with a perfect view of the city. The Film Factory’s growth began as a vision not only for more creative space, but more activity in the area’s industrial sector.
Ryder Washburn, president of Development at The Film Factory, is grateful for the company’s expansion and the accessibility available for other businesses to carry out their industrial work.
“All the support services and small businesses that are light manufacturing in the New York area don’t often find a home to do the activities they’re looking to do,” he said. “Because industrial space is not something that’s been developed a lot in the last couple of decades, there’s just not a lot of new products. We wanted this new product to be a workspace where it has a good workflow and the users are more considered.”
Washburn is proud of The Film Factory’s finished product and all of the tenants who utilize the space. He said he is excited to be honored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
“We thought it was a cool project to bring this facility to an area that hasn’t seen a lot of new industrial development in the last 30 years,” he said, “And we’re really excited to be notified that they recognize the building and the project.”