NBCUniversal $1.6 billion expansion to start with Harry Potter

NBCUniversal $1.6 billion expansion to start with Harry Potter

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 17: In this handout image provided by Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter kicked off its grand opening celebration with help from "Harry Potter" film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps on June 16, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the "Harry Potter" films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will officially open to the public at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2010. (Photo by Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- NBCUniversal plans to begin construction this summer on a $1.6 billion, 25-year expansion of its Los Angeles-area theme park, offices and production facilities.

The company owned by Comcast Corp. announced Tuesday that it would start building The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at its Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, along with upgraded TV production studios and office space on the studio lot.

The project would eventually include a hotel and retail outlets, adding nearly 2 million square feet to the studio complex. The plan initially called for nearly 3,000 residences, but that was dropped last year after objections from local residents and politicians.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved the plan Tuesday, unanimously directing its lawyers to prepare documents for final approval.

 

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