Drama surges over public parkland placement of Obama’s non-library

Drama surges over public parkland placement of Obama’s non-library

[Ed. – Bait and switch.  Go figure.]

The Obama Foundation released plans last week for the presidential center it plans to build in Chicago’s Jackson Park, but behind the scenes, a battle is taking place to keep the former Democratic president from building on that specific lot of land, and there’s still a chance that it gets delayed when it seeks federal approval.

What initially started out as a library has morphed into a 20-acre private “center,” and some environmentalists and historians are unhappy with the Obama Foundation’s plans to swoop in and take over a national historic place. …

Charles Birnbaum, president and founder of D.C.-based nonprofit, the Cultural Landscape Foundation … is working alongside a number of others, including Friends of the Parks, Jackson Park Watch, Openlands, National Association for Olmsted Parks, Save the Midway, Landmarks Illinois, and Preservation Chicago, all of whom have raised concerns about the project.

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