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Community Appears to Rally Behind George Lucas' Donation and Park Plan

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A sharp contrast to the neighbor opposition Filmmaker George Lucas faced with his project, Marin residents have been gushing gratitude and delight in reaction to the San Anselmo resident’s recent .

Lucas donated downtown property at 541, 539 and 535 San Anselmo Avenue . The building will be demolished and turned into a park, complete with a fountain and statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones. 

San Anselmo Chamber President Connie Rodgers told Patch this week that the community’s response to Lucas’ donation has been “incredibly positive.”

“People have said they are looking forward to it sooner rather than later,” she said.

The project still has many unknowns, including its timeframe, cost or even the exact square-footage of the property, Rodgers said. 

Also unknown is exactly what will happen to a large fresco inside the building that used to house the Rossi Brothers Pharmacy. Rodgers said Wednesday that efforts are underway to try to preserve the piece, although it’s not certain if they will go to a Spanish consulate as it has been reported.

Rodgers said she’s working on “getting puzzle pieces” together before community outreach and fundraising beings for the project. This week she has been reaching out to Marin Supervisor Katie Rice and San Anselmo town officials.

Lucas and the chamber are anticipating donations to help build the town center project, Rodgers said.

At the San Anselmo Town Council meeting on June 26, Councilwoman Lori Lopin encouraged her colleagues to stand, strongly, behind the project.

“George Lucas is looking to us as a town to really show support,” Lopin said. “We really need the support of everybody in town to do it. It’s not a matter of him ponying up all the money. He’s not going to do all the work.”

San Anselmo Vice Mayor Kay Coleman told Patch the donation is a “great opportunity” and she’s “grateful to Lucas and the chamber for seizing the opportunity.”

"I can already see people sitting on benches and kids running around in the grass," Coleman said. 

Meanwhile, many commenters on Patch sites throughout Marin have been thanking Lucas for his donation.

“Thank you Mr. Lucas, what an incredible gift to our town. I look forward to helping and watching it develop as I know it will be an amazing gathering place for young and old for years to come. This is truly a fabulous opportunity and one that San Anselmo will welcome with open arms,” wrote on the .

Residents of neighboring towns also expressed similar enthusiasm, including , who wrote on the Novato Patch:

“Thank you, Mr Lucas, for being such a good neighbor to all of Marin County. I'm very sorry you had such a hard time with the Grady Ranch project. We would love to have such a project in Novato.”

expressed happiness that Lucas hasn’t turned his back on Marin on the Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch:

“The force is still with Marin County afterall! Thank you, George Lucas, for not holding our inept county government's failures against our small towns! Such a wonderful contribution for San Anselmo and all of Marin! Yoda & Indiana Jones, we love you!”

Others on the had a lighter apporoach to the donation, including as , who wrote “This is a good way to make amends for Jar Jar Binks.”   

Fairfax’s Mayor commented that a young friend of hers suggested the park include an “Indiana Jones style adventure area.”  

Lucas also recently .  

“Way to go, George. We love the way you handle opposition - like the gentleman you are. Thanks from a fellow San Anselmoan!” wrote .

 

If you are seeking information on where to donate or offering services of any kind, contact Connie Rodgers, President/CEO of the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, by mail at P.O. Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979-2844, by phone or email at (415) 454-2510,info@sananselmochamber.org

Pat Miller June 28, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Mr. Lucas is an inspiration to all of us. His charity to all people is an example we should all follow.
Sharol Oliver June 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Why don't you post the name of the Foundation so people of the community can send donations to get this project done!
T McDermott June 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
George Lucas is the real deal. I wish he had let the rest of Marin deal with the creepy Lucas Valley Estates people that ruined the best thing to come to Marin. I really think we the 99% could have helped him, we weren't asked. That is what a community is for. I'm looking forward to a Park in San Anselmo, it will be well used, I know my grandchildren will love it.
John Ferguson June 28, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Hard to imagine that there would be any opposition to this. +1 for George! I may not be fond of his movies, but his development instincts are spot-on..
Lori Lopin June 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Thank you Mr. Lucas. This is very exciting for the Town of San Anselmo. We'll do our best to make sure this happens the way it has been envisioned. I can already picture the picnics and other fun events to come that will continue to make San Anselmo such a terrific family town. I can't wait to take a picture with Indiana Jones and Yoda! Take care and thanks again for your incredible generosity.
Kim Metzger June 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
It's going to make that part of town nice and lush, and with Yoda and Indiana Jones statues how could you not love that! Thanks, Mr. Lucas!
Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I just added information to the end of the article about how people can make donations or contribute to the project. Thanks for the suggestion!

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