LA City Council Approves Plan For Lucas Museum

LA City Council Paves Way For 2021 Opening Of $1.2 Billion Lucas Museum

Back in January, George Lucas' $1 billion museum found its home in Los Angeles after a series of bids and pitches between the city and its northern counterpart, San Francisco.

The "Star Wars" creator addressed the council before its 14-0 vote to OK an environmental impact report and other details.

With Tuesday's approval, plans are to break ground in Exposition Park, south of downtown, as early as this year and open the museum to the public in 2021.

"The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will add another world-class institution to our city's cultural landscape, and bring a breathtaking architectural jewel to Exposition Park", said Garcetti in a statement.

Garcetti on Tuesday joined Lucas and the filmmaker's wife, Mellody Hobson, to hail the project and urge the council to approve it.

"A long time ago in a city not so far away, two people had a dream for a museum, and we said from the beginning that the force was very strong here in Los Angeles", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference after the vote.




"As they say, three is a charm".

Lucas also ran into opposition in San Francisco in 2014 with a plan to build the museum at the Presidio before the 2016 San Francisco plan proposed Treasure Island.

But Los Angeles was "easy" and where the museum "was always meant to be", she said.

"That's where I learned movies", Lucas told the City Council. "That's where I basically started my career". The museum, designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, will be 300,000 square feet and five stories tall.

"It is the largest private gift in our city, in our state or in our nation's history", said Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., whose district takes in the park. Parking will be built underground and include about 2,400 spaces, replacing existing parking at the site.

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