It’s been nearly two years since the untimely death of the “King of Pop.”
And to date little is known about the fate of Michael Jackson’s sprawling 2,676-acre Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., in ritzy Santa Barbara County.
Will it be turned into a museum/tourist attraction like Elvis Presley’s “Graceland” in Tennessee?
Check out the latest Neverland update from Tom Barrack of Colony Capital, which entered into a joint venture with Jackson shortly before his death to save it from foreclosure.
Here is what he had to say (via Bloomberg.com):
“Our plans have been to work to restore it to its original greatness. The place is amazing. It has not only the beautiful spirit and softness of Michael, but a legacy of a thousand years of Indian culture that had transacted upon it. We have just been restoring it, renovating it.”
It sounds as though the restoration is still a work in progress, which is good news — it’s just not sitting untouched while its future is debated.
Perhaps Colony, which claims it has been waiting for Jackson’s estate for definite direction, has been unknowingly fixing it up for Michael’s sister, La Toya Jackson, who recently filed legal papers, claiming that she is the home’s rightful owner.
Whatever the case may be, you might want to go get some pop corn … this situation is far from settled.