Councilman Curren Price helps secure historic $1.2 billion project for Expo Park
The Ninth District made history when the City Council unanimously approved in July the $1.2 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Dedicated to the power of storytelling across all media, the project is the largest private gift to an American city that will transform two parking lots along Expo Park into a 300,000 square-foot, five-story, state-of-the-art cultural institution.
The world-class museum will include exhibition spaces, theaters, a library, lecture halls, classrooms, a cafe and restaurant. It will house the legendary filmmaker’s collection of paintings, illustrations, photography and movie memorabilia. Its unique design will allow for the designation of 11 acres of publicly accessible green space.
“My sincerest thanks to George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson for choosing to leave a footprint and a piece of their hearts in District 9,” said Councilman Curren Price, whose district includes Expo Park.
“I am delighted for the huge investment that will take place in the heart of our Promise Zone where 46 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line and stand to benefit from this project.
I share George and Mellody’s goal of inspiring, engaging and educating individuals from all walks of life!”
Councilman Price applauded George and Mellody for engaging the local community in this project, both during construction and in its long-term operation. This includes thousands of new construction and permanent jobs with a commitment to local hire; inclusion of opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses; and the development of a robust arts education and local artists program.
Once built, the museum, which is expected to draw more than 1 million visitors annually, will offer public lectures and classes, hands-on workshops and other programs year-round for children and adults. George Lucas will fully fund the Museum at no cost to taxpayers.
“South LA is fast-becoming an exciting frontier for economic development,” Price said. “What’s more rewarding is that we’re bringing world-class facilities to our community because our working-class neighborhoods deserve better, and our children are worthy of high-caliber projects like the Lucas Museum.”
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a perfect fit for Expo Park, which is already home to a variety of museums and iconic institutions, including the California Science Center, California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. The museum is surrounded by more than 100 K-12 public and charter schools, Mount Saint Mary’s University and the University of Southern California.
Construction is expected to begin January 2018. The museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2021. For more information, visit http://lucasmuseum.org/
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