After all three finalists vying to build a new institution near San Francisco’s Crissy Field were told by the Presidio Trust to go back to the drawing board, “Star Wars” director and aspiring Lucas Cultural Arts Museum (LCAM) builder George Lucas was instructed, among other things, to reduce the height of his proposed building by 15 feet, to a full height of 45 feet. The revised proposals for his project and his two competitors are due by Friday, but a Team Lucas insider tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the LCAM bid will definitely have a leg up.
“If the issue is height and views, the trust is going to have to come up with another reason to say ‘no,’ ” the anonymous tipster told the Chronicle. “I think everyone is going to be surprised.”
Though many observers have urged the Presidio Trust to slow down or even postpone their decision for a future institution at the site currently occupied by a sporting goods superstore, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently called for a sped-up selection process. Meanwhile, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee and California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have all voiced their support of the Lucas proposal.
Of the other two proposals, one calls for an ecological center called the Bridge/Sustainability Institute, and the other would be a mixed-use cultural center dubbed the Presidio Exchange. The LCAM, meanwhile, would draw on the “illustrations, comics, and cinematic art in the Lucas collection,” including works by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, and others.
The Presidio Trust is due to meet to review the revised proposals on January 27, and a decision could come through as quickly as two weeks later.
— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)
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