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National Park Service tells Presidio Trust to hold off for years on project

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George Lucas’ proposed art museum is among candidates vying for space in the Presidio.
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Any decisions about the proposals for the former commissary site in the Presidio, including a plan by filmmaker George Lucas to build a museum, already have been delayed for months, but now the National Park Service is calling for a moratorium of several years on the decision for what could be built across from Crissy Field.

“We must again express our strong recommendation, echoed by many others, that the Trust defer any decision for several years to allow the site to develop a more comprehensive, thoughtful, integrated and planned manner,” Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Superintendent Frank Dean wrote in the Dec. 12 letter to the Presidio Trust.

The project has caused a dust-up about what the site, which is currently a Sports Basement store, should become.

Lucas, who wants to build a museum for his personal art collection, is up against two other projects, including The Presidio Exchange, backed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

The Presidio Trust has raised issues about all three projects, including the footprint of The Bridge/Sustainability Institute’s project, the uses that The Presidio Exchange proposed and the architecture of the building for the Lucas museum.

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Dean’s letter specifically mentions Lucas’ project, saying that the museum’s offerings could be located anywhere.



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