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Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center Delayed Until 2019

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    Chicago City Council to Vote on Obama Presidential Center

    The Chicago City Council was scheduled to vote Wednesday on plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on the city's South Side. Susan Carlson reports.

    (Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018)

    Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will be delayed until next year because of a delay in the federal review process.

    Construction on former President Barack Obama's center was to start this year. However, the Obama Foundation says it now plans to break ground for the half-billion-dollar project sometime in 2019.

    Before the presidential center can be built, the federal government will review its impact on Jackson Park.

    The park on the city's South Side is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project's environmental effects will also be analyzed. Any adverse effects must be resolved before construction is allowed.

    Obama Center Plans Approved

    [CHI] Obama Center Plans Approved

    The Obama Presidential Center is moving forward after the Chicago Plan Committee signed off on the project. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the very latest. 

    (Published Thursday, May 17, 2018)

    The Obama Presidential Center is expected to have three buildings containing a museum, meeting rooms, an athletic center and a public library branch.

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