The Presidio Trust surprised many in November when it gave all three candidates for the development of Crissy Field until January to make changes to their proposals. This has left some of the people making proposals feeling wrong-footed by the board.
George Lucas certainly has name recognition, but is it enough to win the votes of the Presidio Trust? The Trust and Board members have been interviewing the finalists as well as community leaders and residents to decide how best to develop the spot in northwest San Francisco with the spectacular view of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
Lucas’ bid added to its momentum when investor Ron Conway e-mailed the Presidio Trust expressing his support. There were more than 30 co-signers of his letter, including Pixar’s John Lasseter; the founders of Salesforce, Eventbrite, Yammer, and Twitter; Steve Jobs’ widow; Joe Montana; and MC Hammer.
Lucas would be required to make some costly architectural changes, which does not appear to be a deal breaker. If he is chosen, a Trust official stated that they hoped to utilize the plans of the remaining two finalists somewhere in the Presidio.
Lucas has said he will take his museum to Chicago if the Trust rejects it.