George Lucas's Plan For Presidio Museum Warmly Welcomed By Mayor

SF stands behind George Lucas's Presidio development proposal.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 3:57 PM PDT
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George Lucas wants to bring his art collection to a $700 million museum in the Presidio.

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Mayor Ed Lee is a big fan of George Lucas's plan to build a museum in the Presidio, according to reports.

Lucas, the Star Wars creator and Lucasfilm founder -- who recently sold his franchise to Disney -- wants to house his $700 million private art collection in a "new cultural museum in the Presidio," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lee has made his support well-known, with a letter to the head of the Presidio Trust -- the nonprofit which oversees the former military post -- that calls the prospect of a Lucas museum a "unique opportunity," the newspaper reported.

If the Trust says no to Lucas' plan, he could choose to build elsewhere, such as Chicago, the newspaper reported.

Lucas proposes his museum for the building that currently houses a Sports Basement, the newspaper reported. There are two other proposed uses for the space, but neither are feasible, Lee said in his letter.

The choices to redevelop the federal land have been narrowed to Lucas's proposal and two others, the newspaper reported.
 

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