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Proposed architecture for Obama's Presidential Center released

12 January 2018, 05:12 | Randall Craig

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Michelle Obama revealed the plans for the Obama Presidential Center, and the new facility looks absolutely gorgeous.

The foundation chose to scrap the above-ground parking lot first proposed when plans were released in May. Obama worked as a community organizer in the city before being elected as an IL representative.

The planned presidential center of Barack Obama has undertaken some major revisions to better harmonize with surroundings in southern Chicago, local media reported on Wednesday.

Obama stressed that public input has and will continue to be central to the design process.

Crews are expected to break ground on the project in late 2018, with the facility opening in 2021 on Chicago's South Side in the Jackson Park neighborhood, the release states.

Mr. Lipson is one of more than 100 faculty at the University of Chicago who signed a public letter asking Mr. Obama to move his library.

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Here's the most important thing: Michelle and I want this Center to be more than a building or a museum. "Not only are public lands being given to a private entity but the public will pay to have Cornell Drive closed and Stony Island Avenue and Lake Shore Drive widened", at an estimated cost to taxpayers of more than $100 million, the faculty wrote in a letter.

"First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as now planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhood", the letter explains.

A spokesperson for the Obama Foundation said the center has earned the support of "thousands of people in our community and across the city who have weighed in at public meetings, online, and in residential meetings around the area". A two-level athletic center includes basketball courts (for playing the president's favorite sport) alongside workout rooms and multipurpose space.

Despite such claims, a coalition of eight community groups on the South Side is demanding the Obama Foundation sign an agreement guaranteeing neighborhood involvement in the development and maintenance of the Obama Center. "Not just listening for show, but actively incorporating what we've learned into the plans". The foundation has adapted plans after hearing from the community and has committed to projects and programs to improve lives on the Southside.

The center will "bring upwards of 760,000 people to the South Side every year" and "strengthen the economic climate in the region".






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