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Downtown Gets Into Mix For Broad Museum

In news first reported by blogdowntown, a third possible location for billionaire Eli Broad's proposed museum has cropped up indeed -- downtown Los Angeles.

While Santa Monica was busy claiming it almost had a deal to host the museum wrapped up and Beverly Hills was reported to be offering Broad a building at Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards for his prized art collection, a public authority overseeing development near Bunker Hill is also moving forward with a proposal to house Broad's prized art collection.

The Grand Avenue Authority this week discussed having Broad's museum included in its "mega-project," according to the Downtown News.

Although it's not clear if Broad has tipped his hat toward a downtown locale, he is a longtime Grand Avenue backer and supporter of the MOCA, which he bailed out in 2008 to the tune of $30 million in pledged support.

A Broad museum on Grand Avenue would be a neighbor of MOCA's. Broad's 2,000-piece collection includes work from Andy Warhol and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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