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George Lucas Can't Build A Studio, So He's Doing A Really Great Thing Instead

Unintended consequences can be awesome.
George Lucas Can't Build A Studio, So He's Doing A Really Great Thing Instead

Just one more reason to love George Lucas. After his plans to build a movie studio on his 1000+ acres of prime Marin County land were rebuffed, Lucas decided he was going to do something with it anyway, come hell or high water.

If his zillionaire neighbors didn't like the studio, I'm pretty sure they're not going to like this, and there's not much they can do about it.

His neighbors wouldn't let him build a film studio.

So George Lucas is retaliating in a way that only the cream of Hollywood could - by building the largest affordable housing development in the area.

The complex of affordable housing, funded and designed by the Star Wars director, would provide homes to 224 low-income families.

And there's very little his fellow Bay Area residents can do about it.

Just a few meters from his own Skywalker Ranch, the community would consist of two complexes.

One would contain 120 two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes for low-income families.

The other would be for pensioners: a four-story building with 104 one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments.

Because Lucas proposes to fund the project himself, his lawyers say he has the right to select who lives there.

However, his representatives insist the project is not a form of retaliation.

'He said "we've got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people",' his lawyer Gary Giacomini told CBS.

The project is expected to cost $200 million, and Lucas will pay that himself, which more or less precludes commentary from those who thought this (pictured below) would be a terrible thing.

Now they're going to have new neighbors. How fun!

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