Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jedi Knight Stifled by NIMBYs, Seeks Revenge

Forbes relates the story of how a local homeowners association kiboshed George Lucas' dream of building a 269,000-square-foot movie studio on land he owned in Marin County, just north of San Francisco:

What quashed the 27-year-old plan? An entrenched group of residents living in a 1980s housing development abutting the ranch. The Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association (no relation to Lucas the director), representing the desires of 93 homes, argued that the studio’s traffic and noise would have been around the clock and overbearing. They also fretted that downstream creeks would be impacted one way or another.

It turns out that George Lucas, like Han Solo, is not a man you should cross.  Unable to get approval for the movie studio from the NIMBY neighbors, Lucas now wants to build low-income housing on the land.  No word yet on whether the housing units will be stuffed with Jawas.

Steve Clowney

(Pic: An artist's rendering of the proposed studio project)

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