Judge warns Chicago about starting Lucas Museum construction

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Posted: Feb 17, 2016 1:04 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has warned Chicago officials that if the court allows construction to start on "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' lakefront museum, it may have to be torn down later if opponents of the project win their civil case.

Judge John Darrah said Wednesday he'll rule by April 21 on a city request to lift an order barring construction from starting. Lucas wants to build the $400 million, 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field.

The nonprofit Friends of the Parks is suing, arguing that building the museum at the site violates laws restricting development along the lake.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/20EeYYU ) that Darrah suggested both sides try to agree on preliminary steps the city could take while the lawsuit continues.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/