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Lucas to build art museum in LA, not SF

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City officials said Tuesday that George Lucas will not build his museum in San Francisco, ending months of speculation as to where the museum will open. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas will not build his art museum in San Francisco, one of two sites he was considering in California after pulling plans to open his museum in Chicago last year, city officials said Tuesday.

Instead, Lucas has selected Exposition Park in Los Angeles as the site for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

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Mayor Ed Lee said he was disappointed in Lucas’ decision, but pleased that the museum will still be built in California.

“Most of all, I am proud that our city came together like never before to deliver a bold vision and thoroughly viable plan for the museum, in an iconic location in the heart of the Bay Area, with 100 percent political and community support,” the mayor said in a statement.

Lucas had been considering opening his museum on Treasure Island, which Lee had been supportive of after officials with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced in June 2016 that Chicago would “no longer be considered a potential site for the museum.”

Lucas had previously considered building the museum near Crissy Field in San Francisco’s Presidio, but the Presidio Trust in 2014 rejected those plans, prompting Lucas to evaluate Chicago as a possible location.

In Chicago, a parking lot near Soldier Field had been supported as a site for the museum by the City Council as well as numerous other agencies, but the group Friends of the Parks subsequently promised to prevent the museum from opening at any lakefront site or park in Chicago.

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