But it said that “South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship. Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city.
“As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.”
The project has been years in the making for Lucas who has about 10,000 illustrations and paintings from noted artists as well as memorabilia from his “Star Wars” franchise.
In 2014, it was announced that Lucas would build the 275,000-square-foot museum on Chicago’s Lakefront. The filmmaker’s wife, financial executive Mellody Hobson, is a Chicago native.
First look at George Lucas’ space-age art museum
Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit organization that lobbies for the preservation of parks and open spaces in Chicago, filed a federal lawsuit to block construction.
Two years later Lucas announced he would be relocating the project to California.