Obama Center will not park cars on the Midway Plaisance, after all

Obama Center will not park cars on the Midway Plaisance, after all

Here's the foundation's statement, e-mailed by a spokesman for the foundation: "From the beginning of the planning process, President Obama and the Foundation have consistently made clear that the community is our partner in the development, design, and construction of the Obama Presidential Center". "We've reimagined the landscape plans and the recreational spaces".

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.

Designed by USA firms Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), the Obama Presidential Center is planned for a site in the historic Jackson Park. "You were a community organizer in the Roseland neighborhood".

Unlike other presidential libraries, there's one thing the Obamas didn't want the presidential center to include: hard copies of Obama's letters, manuscripts or other documents. The Obama Foundation should not expand its footprint from Jackson Park to the Midway, McNamee said in December. We appreciate the community interest in the site at the east end of the Midway and look forward to continuing to work with local community groups and residents on ways to improve it and make more it accessible.

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.

Crews are expected to break ground later this year and open doors in 2021.

The library will also take over large sections of two historic public parks, Jackson Park and Midway Plaisance, and force the closure of a major South Side thoroughfare, Cornell Avenue. "We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers".

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