Obama library would harm Jackson Park, federal agency says

  • This is the most recent model of the proposed Obama Presidential Center.

    This is the most recent model of the proposed Obama Presidential Center. Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times

 
 
Updated 7/30/2019 5:38 PM

Construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center will have an "adverse impact" on historic Jackson Park that must be mitigated, a federal review has concluded.

In a report triggered by Jackson Park's listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Federal Highway Administration focused on the impact the four-building complex would have on the majestic Midway Plaisance and the Jackson Park Historic Landscape District.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The finding puts pressure on the Obama Foundation to find a way to "resolve adverse effects" and turns up the heat on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to order the foundation to make those changes.

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