MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (CBS Las Vegas) – George Lucas, world-renowned film maker, has announced plans to build another empire – this time, consisting of low-income housing for those in need of affordable places to live.
According to Housing Finance, Lucas will utilize space he had previously designated for a new production studio on a property of his called Grady Ranch.
However, his first plans were reportedly met with ire by his neighbors.
“The level of bitterness and anger express by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors,” he was quoted as saying in a letter of intent. “We hope we will be able to find a developer who will be interested in low-income housing since it is scarce in Marin.”
The Marin Community Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging philanthropic involvement through generosity and community involvement, will work with Lucasfilm to develop plans for construction. They told Housing Finance that they are thrilled with the decision.
“In many instances, this is housing for people who work in the county but can’t afford to live here and for people who grew up here but who now cannot afford safe, secure housing in their home county,” Thomas Peters, president and CEO of the Foundation, said.
He added, “And we have always paid particular attention to the need for affordable housing by the county’s expanding senior population.”