January 15, 2018
Community leaders are agitated with former President Obama’s plans to build its center over a national historic park accompanied with high costs and few economic benefits.
The Obama Foundation is building its center on Chicago’s Jackson Park instead of a more appropriate area.
It has so far refused to sign a community benefit agreement, which would set aside jobs, protect low-income housing, support black-owned businesses, and strengthen local schools.
Residents in Chicago’s south side are questioning the project’s pace, lack of transparency, and rising price which is currently at $350 million.
Many believe the project has already alienated the very community the center is meant to change.