The man who brought America “Star Wars” nearly 40 years ago is also known for his extreme philanthropy. Aside from giving away half of his money when he dies, Lucas also wants to make a difference while he is still living.
After spending nearly two decades attempting to expand his Marin County studio and being blocked by local wealthy residents, Lucas has decided to build affordable housing on his property. The project would allow low-income families to live in a safe area.
The 52-acre complex will contain 224 units with special houses set aside for more vulnerable community leaders like teachers. To qualify, a family needs to make less than 80 percent of the $90,839 median income in Marin County. The total cost of the project is expected to be around $200 million, which Lucas will provide.
The nearby residents are not happy about the project, and some have expressed fear of bringing a criminal class into the area. Others have said Lucas is building the housing out of spite for not being able to expand his studio. He denies this, stating that it is about the affordibility crisis, not taking revenge.
Lucas also said that Marin County has plenty of millionaires, and there is a great need for housing for working-class people.