by Agence France-Presse
A federal lawsuit is in search of to dam the development of the Obama presidential center on Chicago parkland, posing a problem for the long run library and museum devoted to the nation’s first African-American president.
The lawsuit by a neighborhood park preservation group objects to the switch of a historic public park to be used by Barack Obama’s basis to construct a fancy within the Midwestern metropolis — one of a community of presidential libraries all through the nation.
Chicago has a system of public parks which can be protected by legislation from non-public use and improvement. An identical authorized problem doomed a deliberate museum on one other parcel of publicly-owned land in Chicago by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The native group Protect Our Parks filed the federal lawsuit Monday, in search of to forestall the switch of Jackson Park — created for the 1893 World’s Fair — to the inspiration making ready to construct The Obama Presidential Center.
Because The Center isn’t planning to accommodate unique paperwork from the Obama presidency, as an alternative choosing digital entry to these paperwork which will probably be housed elsewhere, the lawsuit alleges the deliberate construction serves no vital public function.
“Although that original purpose of an official Presidential Library no longer exists,” the lawsuit grievance says, “Defendants continue to forge ahead to advance a totally different private nongovernmental project on public parkland.”
A Chicago metropolis official responded by accusing the park preservation group of standing “in the way of progress” for impoverished communities within the south aspect of the town, the place Obama first entered politics.
“The Obama Presidential Center is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of dollars that will create good jobs on the South Side,” metropolis spokesman Grant Klinzman stated in an announcement.
A nationwide community of 15 presidential libraries preserve the archives of numerous US administrations in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Obama Center, like a number of of the opposite establishments, plans to incorporate replicas of the Oval Office and different components from the Obama White House, in addition to that includes Obama’s history-making path to the presidency.
The former president has stated he needs the advanced to be a gathering level for native communities, in addition to a coaching floor for future leaders. (AFP)