DOWNTOWN L.A. — Santa Monica’s chances of landing billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s museum took another hit Tuesday after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave unanimous support to a plan to build the museum as part of the Grand Avenue Project in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Board of Supervisors is the third of four boards with authority over the Grand Avenue Project. The Community Redevelopment Agency board and Los Angeles City Council have already endorsed the museum idea.

The Grand Avenue Authority, a joint powers authority of state and local officials, will meet Monday to consider the proposal.

“Mr. Broad is still considering two locations, and Santa Monica is one of them,” said Karen Denne of the Broad Foundation.

Broad wants to see if the Downtown L.A. project wins approval from all four boards before making a final decision.

The museum would house Eli and Edythe Broad’s extensive contemporary art collection.

Santa Monica City Hall has offered Broad eight acres of land in the Civic Center at a rent of $1 a year for 99 years, and has also offered to contribute $1 million toward construction costs.

Broad said in July that he is willing to pay the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency $7.7 million for a 99-year lease on public land in Downtown L.A. That money would reportedly be used to build affordable housing in phase two of the project.

Broad, whose worth Forbes magazine estimates at $5.7 billion, already has promised to pay the full construction cost of the museum up to $100 million and provide a $200 million endowment that would yield an estimated $12 million a year to cover the museum’s operating expenses.

If built in L.A., the museum would replace retail uses originally proposed as part of the $3 billion, mixed-use Grand Avenue Project. The Broad Collection, as the museum is named in board documents, would occupy the southwest corner of Second Street and Grand Avenue. The site is across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Santa Monica city officials said in July that they were not feeling the pressure to sweeten their offer to Broad. They feel that Santa Monica’s location is far superior and the deal is more financially beneficial to Broad.

Members of the arts community urged the county supervisors to approve the proposal.

“The Broad collection is one of the country’s greatest private collections,” said David Johnson, co-chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Board of Trustees. He added that he expected “many opportunities for the Broad Foundation and MOCA to work together.”

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