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12 January 2018, 05:12 | Lena Norman
"One year ago, President and Mrs. Obama laid out their vision for the Obama Presidential Center: a living, working campus for citizenship that will inspire and empower visitors and residents to create change in their communities and the world", David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, said in a statement. Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most important urban parks in the nation.
The Obama Foundation has released statements defending its plans for the Presidential Center, in a week of heightened denunciation of the charity's intention to commandeer public park space for a construction plan that some expect will harm the local economy.
Obama released images of the proposed presidential center Tuesday in a YouTube video, showing a white, modern-looking building surrounded by parkland.
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.
The foundation released a video Tuesday night, in which Obama made numerous same comments repeated in the email, and called his Center an example of "what ordinary people have the power to do together". "The economic impact to the people who live there now would be unbelievable".
Crews are expected to break ground later this year and open doors in 2021.
The campus will feature a museum building, which is planned to be 235-feet-high.
Obama said the museum tower, which will contain a ticketed exhibition space dedicated to the Obamas, the Civil Rights Movement and broader African-American history, represents "ascension, hope and what ordinary people have the power to do together".
"So too, each facade of our four-sided tower will be a little different from the next".
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.
Plans for the development were submitted Wednesday.
"When I was younger, there was a time I dreamed of being an architect", said Barack Obama in revealing the new crowdsourced plans.
Obama took said he took a hands-on approach in designing the Obama Presidential Center. And that's why public input has been absolutely central to our process.
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