Academy Museum Wins Final Approval From L.A. City Council

All systems are go for the Academy Museum, as the L.A. City Council has unanimously approved its construction plans, meaning the Academy can now apply for permits. The org is targeting a 2017 opening.

The City Council voted 13-0 to approve the $300 million venture. The approval was expected, since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had passed previous hurdles, including questions from the city and neighbors regarding parking, public access and other matters.

Some residents of the surrounding neighborhood had opposed the museum’s possible strain on the area’s parking and an expected increase in latenight noise. But those issues were addressed. Others had criticized the museum design, but museum director Kerry Brougher had always assured skeptics that this is a work in progress, and many sketches for the design were already outdated by the time they were leaked.

The museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

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