Two Property Owners Sign Letters of Intent to Sell Property to Morning View

The City of Dixon can't say which pieces of property were sold.


Patch has learned that two parties have agreed to terms and conditions and signed letters of intent to sell their property to Morning View, LLC.

Morning View has plans to build a $2.8 billion film studio in Dixon. Read about it here. 

The property owners also signed non-disclosure agreements, according to City Manager Jim Lindley. He said the city can't specify which of the property owners signed the letters of intent. 

"It's something developers do when they're negotiating with several different property owners," Lindley said of the non-disclosure agreement.

The two pieces of property purchased make up less than the 300 acres needed to begin construction of the studio project.

"[Morning View is] looking to get another piece of property to get over that 300 acre threshold," said Lindley. 

What do you think of this news? 

Virginia Flores February 07, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I think this is great. More jobs for Dixon residents
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Virginia, Not only jobs but Good Paying Jobs! We should also experience a lot of additional money flow into other local businesses. Fasten your seatbelts, hold on and lets go!
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Can't wait for all this to come together and all the jobs start flowing in !!!
Virginia Flores February 08, 2013 at 12:34 AM
That is so great. Hang on everyone and lets get this going. YAY for Dixon!!!!! :)
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Gary , what are you considering a good paying job ? From what I understand you work in the Bay Area so you know those same jobs will only be paying about half of what they pay here !!!
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I know a good paying job where you can live here in Dixon and buy a nice house and support a family and just be living the America dream you need to be making well over 20 dollars a hour full time and full time still means 40 hours a week so I hope we see that after the building is all done and Ect
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I am sure that most people will be pleased with the wages paid at the Studio. Have you ever considered the hundreds of dollars that are spent and hours from life that are lost commuting? It’s not just money we are talking about here….this is also about quality of life.
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 12:51 AM
After construction is finished the volume of business that runs through the complex will be determined by many factors. A few of these factors will be controlled by the employees, most will be beyond us to control or manipulate. I currently work in a business that has its ups and downs, mostly up…. As I tell people..we are one earthquake away from unemployment. Life is filled with risks…the important question is, which risks are worth taking?
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Yes my commute is 3 hours a day at least and the reason I commute is because I could of never bought my house with the money Solano county provides wage wise and I think that is what most people are looking for in a job they don't ask how long will there commute be they are wanting to know how much they will be making !!!
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Jr. I don’t work in your trade. I know my trade and I’m not concerned over the wage issue. I have learned not to speculate very much on this project. If you do be prepared to eat your hat.
Sean Murphy February 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
who's to say half way through they file for bankruptcy and it sits for 10 years like the new mall in elk grove...
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Well you said good pAying jobs so I was wondering what you consider a good paying job was and for speculating that is all you have doing since last summer ....
Julie Lyons February 08, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Be very wary, this is the same studio that purposed buying the North end of Mare Island aka Mare Island Studios, they could never come up with their big depost to the City of Vallejo and just dragged it out forever, which tied up bids from other interested developers. This same investment group has been all over the San Joaquin Valley as well trying to buy land for a studio, not to mention that several years ago they tied up land on a purposal in the Sacramento area... Carissa Carpenter is the spokes person, google her name see all the hits from purposed developments over the years...
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Jr. I know what a good paying job is in my trade. I've been at it for 30 years. Yes I have been watching this project for a long time. I have spent many hours of research time looking into the studio. So when you say "speculating" I would counter that by saying that....I've done my homework. Julie, You are writing about very old news…everyone involved knows about these points and has worked passed them. They are working with the City and have provided adequate information to support moving ahead. I can see by looking at your Patch history that you were fighting to get them into Vallejo/Mare Island in the same comment section that I was fighting to get them into Dixon. It’s odd sometimes to see how things change.
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 02:41 AM
It seems to me you are trying to build a nice résumé to apply for a job with the studio or you already may work for them Which is all good but I am looking at the bigger picture and what will be good for the city and all who live here and not just for the select few !!!!
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 02:59 AM
So in your first comment above u said " good jobs but good paying jobs "I didn't know that you were talking about just in your trade how many people live in Dixon and work in YOUR TRADE so that is what I meant above except for the select few and what's best for the city meaning the people who live here
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 02:59 AM
So in your first comment above u said " good jobs but good paying jobs "I didn't know that you were talking about just in your trade how many people live in Dixon and work in YOUR TRADE so that is what I meant above except for the select few and what's best for the city meaning the people who live here
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 03:35 AM
My writings here are done to support the cause of the Studio and the City of Dixon. I am a born and raised native of this little town. I do try to promote the town and businesses into it. I see nothing wrong with that. I do not work for the studio and have not applied for a job with them. I look forward to a day when I might be able to work with or for them and I have not hidden that fact for a moment. I write to counter the negative comments because I have done much research and consider myself somewhat clear on the concepts of what they are proposing to do and the complex nature of their business environment. I also want to give this project a chance to take flight. If left unabated the rumor mill would have taken its toll on this project. It occurred to me that someone had to champion it…. Most of the people with a working knowledge of the project are restricted in what they can say or write at this time. I am not restricted. It does not matter how many of my craft live in town now. How would you like it if you got fired from S.L. because you did not live there? When a studio is built the Stagehands & Artists move in and get to work. They will buy homes, put their kids in school and spend their hard earned dollars here, what more could one ask? The Trades will build it and from what we hear this might take ten years to reach completion because it is a phased project.
J.r. Hesseltine February 08, 2013 at 04:13 AM
I was born and raised in Fairfield till 10 yrs ago when we me and my wife moved to Dixon which I have had family live here since 1950 as I said before I am all for the project as long as it provides cost of living wages meaning where you can work there and also buy a house here in Dixon if not I will not support it I would Prefer to look at a open green belt which is why we bought here in the first place that is why Solano county as always been known as a bedroom Community no jobs that pay cost of living so we must Commute I also believe that company's should be Penalized for not Hiring locally first I can go on and on but I think you get my point !!
Debi Von February 08, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Yea I'm happy that this growth has come it's nice to know there will be oppertunities for writers, actors and producers in their own backyards. go dixon :)
Debby Gabriel February 08, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Great look forward to having something to create jobs for Dixon young and old
Catherine February 08, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I think Gary's optimism is welcome as a counterbalance to the sometimes negative speculation that often pervades this comment section. Nobody knows what's going to happen. I'm sure we all hope that the proposed studio comes to be and is a big boon for Dixon, providing good paying jobs to the residents. Look at it this way: we are no worse off than we are now if it doesn't happen. It's not like the city has pumped a great deal of money into the project. And in the end, we'll all just have to sit back and wait. So just relax and enjoy the show.
Rick February 08, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I am all for additional, more diverse jobs in Dixon and will welcome new home buyers and folks to spend their money here. But I want to address Jr's comment "that is why Solano county as always been known as a bedroom Community no jobs that pay cost of living so we must Commute." This is simply not true. Solano county is home to good paying careers in biotech, manufacturing, refineries, and healthcare. Solano Community College offers a good biotechnology program. My commute is 10 minutes. More jobs leads to more money in the community to be spent at stores, restaurants, hotels, car dealerships, etc.
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Thank you Catherine, Rick and all of the other positive commenter’s. The negative comments must be addressed so that they do not become an overwhelming theme. Several other studio projects have not been built in the past because the common public opinion was negative. I know Dixon and I have felt from the very beginning of this drive that our town was the right town for the project. I will also note that if for some reason it is not built here, it will be built somewhere else. Dixon will prove to be the perfect fit. One of the past negative posters was a real estate agent from a town that tried to get this project. This person was tearing at the reputation of the project and its leaders who could not react to the comments. If we allow people like this to comment unchecked then it is possible that it could affect the progress of the project. To address the question of a living wage, yes they will pay a living wage. I’m not going to get into the dollars and cents because contracts are yet to be signed. The industry pays well and I would not worry about this point. The other reason I was not clear was because I am not sure of that persons craft/trade or experience, all of which will be used to determine pay scale.
Joshua Middlehaven February 08, 2013 at 09:07 PM
We still do not know what kind of movies will be made here. Action, adventure, documentary, porn, animation? Lets hope it is not something that will be an embarrassment to Dixon.
Gary Erwin February 08, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Hello Joshua, The Studios will be used by some 30 or more Entertainment Producers/Directors. We should see Television, Motion Pictures, Drama, Action, Science Fiction, Documentaries, list goes on, being produced in the Stuidos. Morning View has been very clear that this is not a “porn” studio and they have stated this several times.
Gary Erwin February 11, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Let us all hope that the Land Owners needed to move this forward are ready to sign. I can see that a few people live out there. I understand that this decision must be difficult. I'd look at it from the perspective that...you knew that someday your land was going to be developed. Instead of just becoming more houses your land will be hosting thousands of jobs, adding to the economic vitality of our area for many years to come. This is a unique opportunity that you will directly have a hand in helping to create. Wishing the best of luck to all….


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