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Eli Broad's downtown museum takes another step forward

August 7, 2010 |  3:36 pm

BroadMuseumSiteLawrenceKHoThe Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Eli Broad’s downtown museum Friday, an estimated $80-million to $100-million structure that will house 2,000-plus contemporary artworks he and his wife Edythe have collected.

The council’s 14-0 vote certified last month’s vote by commissioners of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, changing the original 2007 development plan for the Grand Avenue Project to add the museum to the front half of a parcel at Grand Avenue and 2nd Street that was to have been for condominium towers.

The Broad Collection, as it is tentatively called, next needs approval from the County Board of Supervisors and the Joint Powers Authority, a panel of local and state officials that oversees the Grand Avenue Project.

But Broad’s spokeswoman, Karen Denne, said he still has not ruled out Santa Monica’s competing offer of a rent-free, city-owned site next to the Civic Auditorium.

Read the full story here.

--Mike Boehm and David Zahniser

Photo: Proposed museum site. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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