George Lucas Pushes Low-Income Housing in Bay Area
Filmmaker abandoning plans for large studio after neighbors complaints.
Lucas plans to build an affordable housing unit in Marin County on a property where he initially had ideas to build a studio.
He abandoned the studio plan last month when neighbors complained about its size and the potential traffic it could cause. The housing would be located on a piece of land called Grady Ranch.
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The Marin Community Foundation said that it is working with Lucas on this project and the president and CEO of the foundation, Thomas Peters, said that Lucas has agreed to make technical studies of the property available.
"We don't know yet what might be able to be developed there, but the notion of being able to explore his property and see if some beautifully designed family or senior housing can be developed there is too wonderful to pass up," said Thomas Peters, president and CEO of the foundation. "One of the incredible offers that Mr. Lucas made is that he would make available the extensive technical studies that have been done on that land, including water, topography, creek access and other engineering data that would give us a head start and help us determine whether senior or affordable housing can be built there."