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Final Act? Broad Will Opt for Grand Avenue, Predicts Weekly

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Since Beverly Hills Weekly columnist Rudy Cole was one of the first reporters to break the news last year that Eli Broad was considering Beverly Hills for his proposed art museum, this tidbit from Cole's column this week is worth paying attention to. He writes: "The continuing drama called “where will Broad place his incredible modern art collection,' has probably reached a final act. As reported here previously, it is very likely not to be Beverly Hills. Now well placed, and aren’t they always, sources have told us that Broad will opt for Grand Avenue, the exciting new development project in the downtown area.This makes even more sense since the civic center of Los Angeles is fast becoming known for world class modern art, including the great MOCA, another Broad beneficiary." Meanwhile, it sounds like officials in Santa Monica, another possible site, are also re-examining their bid for Broad. Via the Santa Monica Mirror: "City Manager Rod Gould pulled from the agenda Council consideration of agreements-in-principle regarding the lease of civic center property for the proposed Broad museum of contemporary art because he thought “the outline of the agreement in Santa Monica bears further scrutiny,” according to a February 2 memorandum he sent to councilmembers."
· Opinions and Scoops [BHW]
· ...Broad Museum Pulled [SMM]
· Downtown officially in the running for Broad's downtown museum [Curbed LA]