The Marin Independent Journal published a very interesting report Saturday about George Lucas' next construction venture: a giant structure that will serve as a one-stop shop for movie-makers. The 263,197-square-foot structure will be built on the site of Grady Ranch in Marin County, California's Lucas Valley. Here's more from the Marin Independent Journal:
Plans include 51,000 square feet of film stages, 27,918 square feet of screening rooms, a 4,381-square-foot cafe, a 1,151-square-foot kitchen, 19 units providing 11,228 square feet of guest quarters, a general store, a gym and a day care center.
The building will top underground parking for 202 cars and 24 bicycles.
Outside, plans include nine bridges spanning creeks, as well as a cave to age casks of wine from the filmmaker's vineyards. Excavated material will be used to build a knoll hiding the project from neighbors, and to shore up, raise and restore Miller, Grady and Landmark creeks.
The plan is less intensive and more environmentally friendly than a program already approved by county officials, so it is all but assured of getting the green light after hearings next year.
Aides say Lucas, who came up with the concept and design, was inspired by the Mission-style buildings at St. Vincent's School for Boys.
Be sure to click through for much more information about the project, including its environmental impact, the use of its production facilities, and a statement from Lucasfilm. More information can also be found at http://www.gradyranch.com.