Producer Plans Recording Studio At Old Funeral Home
By Marilyn Bowden
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An award-winning music producer plans to convert a former funeral parlor in North Beach into a high-tech recording studio for use by record labels and ad agencies.
Rudy Perez of Bullseye Productions paid $840,000 for Riverside Gordon Funeral Home, 1250 Normandy Drive. His partner in the deal is NBA player Dale Davis of the Portland Trailblazers, said Frank Gonzalez, Bullseye production coordinator.
Mr. Davis "has a couple of artists he is developing," Mr. Gonzalez said. "He has a high interest in the music industry."
The 8,000-square-foot building will be gutted, he said, and turned into "a high-tech, state-of-the-art recording studio.
"It will be the first of its kind in the area because of the number of production rooms. It will also encompass a mastering facility big enough to cut live strings in."
While a number of studios in Miami Beach can be rented, he said, including one owned by the Bee Gees, the Bullseye sites has five production suites.
Mr. Gonzalez said Mr. Perez, a long-time Beach resident who was named producer of the year in 2000 by Billboard magazine, has produced for well-known artists Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Michael Bolton, Julio Iglesias and Luis Miguel.
Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg of Wimbish Riteway Realty negotiated the sale.
Bullseye will be a major force in the transformation of North Beach into an arts & entertainment district, Ms. Eber said.
"The city has put a lot of money into this neighborhood," she said. "It’s a great area.
"The Byron Carlyle is being turned into a community theater and arts center. There’s another arts center on 71st Street as well as quite a few excellent restaurants and stores. This will add fuel to that process."