Oakland Tribune/Nels Johnson/Marin Indedpedent Journal, 4/11/12. "George Lucas stuns Marin, pulls plug on movie studio project." "
Lucasfilm pulled the plug on its bid to develop the old Grady Ranch on Tuesday, citing bitter opposition from neighbors and regulatory delays, and said it intends to sell the land for a low-income subdivision development. Saying it was withdrawing the project "with great sadness," Lucasfilm added it will build the production studio facilities it needs elsewhere.
|Skywalker Ranch, Marin County|
The stunning move cheered project foes who called the ranch site near their homes the wrong place for a film production studio with a footprint the size of two football fields. But county officials and business interests were devastated, noting the project promised to energize the Marin economy, providing millions in revenue and hundreds of jobs.
"We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire, and if we are to stay on schedule we must act on those opportunities," Lucasfilm said it a statement headlined, "Lucasfilm pulls building plans out of Marin."
|"Hey George, wanna buy a quarry?"|
County supervisors approved a master plan for a bigger Lucas project at the Grady Ranch 16 years ago, but it never was built. Revisions to the master plan that reduced the project's impact on the environment were unanimously approved by county planners, but approval by county supervisors was delayed last month following last-minute concerns by state and federal regulatory agencies about the filmmaker's plan for a $50 million to $70 million creek restoration project. Project boosters noted the project's demise was a multimillion dollar blow to Marin's economy and scuttles the prospect of 700 jobs during construction alone, as well as several hundred more high-paying film industry jobs.Read more.
Reference - Lucasfilm, LTD, Related article - Los Angeles Times. Television report - CBS San Francisco, 4/10/12 includes embedded video, 2:19 minutes.
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