George Lucas to Build Hundreds Of Low Income Homes In Millionaire Neighborhood After Neighbors Blocked Him From Building a Studio

by Greg Campbell | April 17, 2015 8:08 pm

Filmmaker George Lucas is courting controversy by proposing to welcome hundreds of low-income families into his neighborhood filled with luxurious houses, according to a report from the Daily Mail[1].

Film director George Lucas at the 65th Cannes Film Festival[2]

His neighbors wouldn’t let him build a film studio.

So George Lucas is retaliating in a way that only the cream of Hollywood could – by building the largest affordable housing development in the area.

The complex of affordable housing, funded and designed by the Star Wars director, would provide homes to 224 low-income families.

And there’s very little his fellow Bay Area residents can do about it.

Lucas dropped plans for a Lucasfilm Ltd studio complex on Lucas Valley Road in 2012.

Citing opposition from neighbors, a spokesman said they did not want to be seen as an ‘evil empire’.

But it seems the award-winning director is determined to do something with the 1,039 acres of land on his Grady Ranch estate in Marin County, California.

The project, submitted for planning on Wednesday, would span 52 acres and cost around $200m.

Just a few meters from his own Skywalker Ranch, the community would consist of two complexes.

One would contain 120 two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes for low-income families.

The other would be for pensioners: a four-story building with 104 one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments.

Because Lucas proposes to fund the project himself, his lawyers say he has the right to select who lives there.

However, his representatives insist the project is not a form of retaliation.

‘He said “we’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people”,’ his lawyer Gary Giacomini told CBS[3].

Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey told the station: ‘George Lucas said, “if I’m not going to do what I wanted to do there, what can I do that would be really beneficial to this community?”‘

While Lucas’ efforts appear noble, one can hardly blame neighbors if they object; his neighbors have paid millions to build homes in an upper class neighborhood and creating an avenue to artificially flood the neighborhood with lower class tenants kind of defeats the purpose.

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