There are lot of promised benefits. Those are al down the road. Up front, this monument to Barack Obama will cost taxpayers $174 million. Some people in Chicago are not happy.
According to Fox News:
After years of delays and a federal review, construction on the planned $500 million Obama Presidential Center will begin later this year in Chicago, officials said Wednesday.
The largely privately financed construction is expected to take about four years to complete, with taxpayers expected to pick up the tab for an estimated $174 million in related roadway changes, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The planned project has faced complaints from residents in the city’s South Side neighborhood, who have argued that the facility – to be composed of a public library and other features – would displace some of the area’s Black residents.
Others opposed planned changes to Jackson Park, the 540-acre recreation area that will host the 19-acre center, the Sun-Times reported. Jackson Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it was a site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and was designed by famed architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, according to the newspaper.
Herb Caplan, president of Protect Our Parks, which opposed the project with a lawsuit in May 2018, said Wednesday that a new legal action “will soon be filed” against the Obama Foundation’s plans, the Sun-Times reported.
Community objections include opposition to a $5 million branding deal with Nike to fund the center’s athletic facility, according to the Chicago Reporter.