Furious Chicago Professors Demand Obama Move His Presidential Center Elsewhere

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle

"When I was younger, there was a time I dreamed of being an architect", said Obama.

Located in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, the Obama Presidential Center will now comprise of a 235-foot-high tower (160-180-feet in previous plans) as the main building, housing a museum telling the story of Obama as well as that of civil rights and African American history.

The foundation, however, announced Monday that it has opted to drop the plans for an above-ground garage in favor of an underground parking lot, according to the Associated Press. "Today's development is the next step in realizing that vision by creating a cultural destination in Jackson Park and an economic engine for the South Side and City of Chicago".

Over 150 University professors have signed an open letter raising concerns about the Obama Foundation's plans for the Obama Center.

"None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure", the faculty members add.

The letter also states that the center will cost Chicago taxpayers "hundreds of millions of dollars". "Michelle and I are absolutely grateful to all of you for being a part of all this remarkable process", said former President Barack Obama in a video. Clearly the choice of Washington Park, specifically the plans developed by John Ronan Architects, opens the center up to a myriad of possibilities, majority eliminating the problems of the Jackson Park site. A two-level athletic center includes basketball courts (for playing the president's favorite sport) alongside workout rooms and multipurpose space.

Instead, the proposed center would include a recording studio, basketball courts, and a children's play garden.

"Michelle and I want the center to be more than just a building", Obama says.

The Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition says "low-income, working-, and middle-class communities" will be "directly impacted by the development of the Obama Presidential Center".

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