$1.5 billion George Lucas Museum approved by Los Angeles City Council

LA City Council OKs Plans for George Lucas Museum

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While normally a museum would be something that was paid for by tax payers that will not be the case with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, as George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson will be funding the entire $1.5 million project.

The City Council voted 14-0 Tuesday to approve various requirements, including an environmental study, allowing for the project's construction to begin in the coming months.

Lucas added: "We've come here to join the other museums in Los Angeles, to be a partner in making Los Angeles a museum city". Apparently the pitch worked as the council unanimously approved the $1.5 billion privately funded project.

But Los Angeles was "easy" and where the museum "was always meant to be", she said. The content isn't just exclusive to Star Wars, however. "We make history together because of the generosity of this family who understands what giving back is all about".

The Force will soon be arriving in Los Angeles. The museum will sit along Vermont Avenue, between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Jesse Brewer Park.

Other amenities at the museum include theaters, educational labs and classrooms, a research library for the public, a cafe and restaurant, and a museum store.

Garcetti also clarified that even though the Lucas museum will feature motion picture artifacts, it will not be competing with the Academy museum: "We have an unquenchable desire for culture here, so even if it was an overlap I think it would do well".

Numerous interactive programs for children, film students, academics and others will be offered. "This is something that will serve society well for years to come".

Brilliant filmmaker George Lucas turned Star Wars into "the most profitable movie product in history".

"This is certainly going to provide another jewel for our crown here in Exposition Park".

Next on the horizon for the new ninth involves recreational space, new housing, and commercial retail development opportunities. The Los Angeles site was chosen earlier this year amid much public fanfare on the part of elected officials.

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