George Lucas lives in Marin. Since he clearly hates to commute, he wanted to create a very beautiful movie studio on abandoned ranch land north of San Rafael. Both Marin NIMBYs and Marin regulators were up in arms. How dare George try to sully the pastoral beauty of that area. George Lucas is apparently one p****d off guy because, not only has he abandoned a project that would have created a beautiful structure and brought some real money into Marin, he’s done it with a giant slap in the face to the NIMBYs:
Lucasfilm pulled the plug on its bid to develop the old Grady Ranch Tuesday, citing bitter opposition from neighbors and regulatory delays, and said it intends to sell the land for a low-income subdivision development.
Saying it was withdrawing the project “with great sadness,” Lucasfilm added it will build the production studio facilities it needs elsewhere.
The stunning move cheered project foes who called the ranch site near their homes the wrong place for a film production studio with a footprint the size of two football fields. But county officials and business interests were devastated, noting the project promised to energize the Marin economy, providing millions in revenue and hundreds of jobs.
Yeah, I’ll trade a gorgeous campus and millions of dollars for suburban sprawl any day. NOT.