The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Wednesday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' plan to build a $300 million downtown museum devoted to the history of film, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 13-0 vote cleared the way for the nonprofit group that presents the Oscars to start construction this summer on the Renzo Piano-designed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open in 2017 next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The privately funded project has drawn $250 million in donations, according to the museum officials. Among the donors are industry heavyweights like David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and Dalian Wanda Group, a China-based cinema conglomerate. The museum still faces one possible obstacle, a threatened lawsuit by activist group Fix the City, which contends Los Angeles officials have not adequately assessed potential parking and traffic problems associated with a facility expected to draw some 860,000 visitors a year.