May the force be with him.
After being denied approval to build a film studio on his own property in Marin County, California, George Lucas has come up with an even bigger plan: to build an affordable housing development.
“George Lucas said, ‘If I’m not going to do what I wanted to do there, what can I do that would be really beneficial to this community?’ ” Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey told CBS San Francisco Wednesday.
In fact, the Star Wars creator, 70, plans on paying for the entire project himself, without any state or federal grants, according to The Contra Costa Times.
Businesses and homeowners in the neighboring area had vetoed Lucas’ original plan to build the large film studio.
The Times reported that the new housing development will provide homes to 224 low-income families in the area.
“He said, ‘We’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people,’ ” Lucas’ lawyer, Gary Giacomini, told CBS.