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Obama Foundation Submits Formal Plans To City For Presidential Center Construction

Obama Foundation Submits Formal Plans To City For Presidential Center Construction

In an email Wednesday morning from the Obama Foundation and signed by "Barack", the former president continued to make his case for the campus, despite continued criticism by locals, including almost 200 faculty at the University of Chicago- which is adjacent to the anticipated site of the Center-who panned the plans as "socially regressive" in an open letter. "We would be pleased to support the Obama Center if the plan genuinely promoted economic development in our neighborhoods and respected our precious public urban parks", the letter read.

In addition to seeking city approval, the center is under ongoing federal review due to Jackson Park's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The centre will split into three main buildings: a library and a forum - both partially buried - and a stone-clad "landmark" tower that will host a museum.

The new visuals offer views of the campus and its varied landscaping, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which will include snaking paths to connect the buildings and other areas of the park.

A new rendering of the Obama Presidential Center.

Over 150 University professors have signed an open letter raising concerns about the Obama Foundation's plans for the Obama Center.

According to Crain's, shortly after the statement was sent, the foundation announced it would eliminate the above-ground parking garage on the east end of the Midway Plaisance, and instead create a parking garage underneath the center in Jackson Park. It will be composed of eight floors and will feature public spaces including a top floor with views of the park and Lake Michigan.

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Obama said in a video released Wednesday that the building was designed with the photo, showing "many hands, each one different, coming together as one", in mind.

The Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition says "low-income, working-, and middle-class communities" will be "directly impacted by the development of the Obama Presidential Center".

"I don't feel embarrassed about it being tall", architect Billie Tsien said.

Obama took said he took a hands-on approach in designing the Obama Presidential Center.

"Any community organizer worthy of the name would have put this museum on the west side of Washington Park, which desperately needs the economic revitalization and already has extensive public transportation in place, as well as easy access to the Dan Ryan [Expressway]", Mr. Lipson said.

"This input has shaped the design, it's challenged us, and it's made our design better".


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