Filmmakers will continue to film a Netflix series at the old City Hall building downtown.
At its Thursday night meeting, Douglasville City Council approved for the mayor to sign a lease beginning Jan. 1, 2016, through March 1, 2016, with Camp Hero Productions for the rental of the old city hall building located at 8485 W. Courthouse Square. The monthly rental amount for the lease is $2,500.
The drama series “Stranger Things” will continue to film at the location. The show began filming at the location in October.
According to IMDb.com, the eight-episode, hour-long series is about a young boy who disappears and how “his mother must confront terrifying forces” to get him back.
The series stars Winona Ryder as Joyce, a working-class single mom whose son disappears. It also stars David Harbour who will play a police chief in the series. The shows creators are Matt and Ross Duffer. Netflix has committed to eight episodes for season one.
The show is set to premiere on Netflix in July, according to IMDb.com.
Community and Development Services Director Jonathan Lynn said at Tuesday night’s legislative work session that the filmmaker requested use of the old city hall building because it was last used by the police department. He said the show is set during the late ’70s, early ’80s and that it’s being used as a sheriff’s office.
Councilman Mark Adams asked if there would be any issues with local businesses while filming took place during the lease term. Lynn said that there were some issues in October while the company was filming, but that they were addressed with the production company.
“They took a little longer than what they anticipated closing West Courthouse Square. It did impact some businesses and provided a little bit of a strain on businesses around the area,” Lynn said. “They also closed off parking and put some signs there.”
Lynn explained that the production company has been informed to film without closing any areas at West Courthouse Square. There were no details on what hours the production company would film. Lynn said they film at different hours.
In other business, the council did the following:
• Listened to a special presentation by Police Chief Gary Sparks of an award to each of the three Police Department employees of the year: Civilian Employee of the Year — Tammy Jewell; Officer of the Year — Detective Michael Jetmore; Supervisor of the Year — Lt. Ashley Sanders, in recognition of their outstanding service to the City of Douglasville.
• Approved Item 20-16-01 — Request for a change in agent outlet manager for the alcoholic beverages licenses for the sale and consumption of wine and malt beverages, and spirituous liquor at the following establishment:
Licensee: Neighborhood Restaurant Partners, LLC
DBA: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar #27
Location: 6915 Douglas Boulevard
Current Agent Outlet Manager: Britt Beckelhymer
Proposed Agent Outlet Manager: Allison Freeman
• Approved Item 21-16-01 — Authorize the Community and Development Services Director to advertise for sale by sealed bid city-owned lots located at: (a) the southwest corner of Forrest Avenue and Elm Street located in Land Lot 17, District 1, Section 5A, Parcel 45, and (b) 6640 Church Street in Land Lots 17, District 1, Section 5A, Parcel 40. The property at Forest Avenue and Elm Street is adjacent to St. James A.M.E. Church, according to Lynn. The property at Church Street is used for parking purposes.