Decision Looms for Billionaire’s LA Museum Plan

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LOS ANGELES (AP).- Officials are set to vote on a plan to let billionaire Eli Broad build a museum for his contemporary art collection in downtown Los Angeles. The Grand Avenue Committee of state and local officials will decide Monday whether to lease 2.5 acres of county-owned land to Broad, who would pay $7.7 million over the course of the 99-year-lease. Under the deal, Broad would finance construction of the $80-million to $100-million museum and contribute $200 million toward its operation. Broad made his billions as co-founder of developer KB Home and through the sale of insurer SunAmerican. His 2,000-piece collection includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. Spokeswoman Karen Denne says the philanthropist is still considering an alternate museum site in Santa Monica and won’t make a final decision until after the vote.