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Plans for New Art Museum in Downtown Approved by L.A. City Council

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It still has to be approved by the county and Grand Avenue Authority, but philanthropist Eli Broad's museum concept took a step this morning when it was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council. To be located on top where parking lot currently sits, next to Walt Disney Concert Hall and across the street from MOCA, plans call for 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of exhibition space in addition to office space, storage and a bookstore, according to blogdowntown. Another organization, the Shen Yun performing arts group, has been aggressively pursuing the downtown parcel. They want to build a 3,000-seat theatre and a 454-foot-high residential tower.

Broad's high profile museum has been eyed by other cities, hoping he would select their city. Both Beverly Hills and Santa Monica were likely contenders.