Thursday, 05 December, 2019

Obamas to visit Chicago to discuss planned library, museum

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wearing Sophie Theallet in 2011 U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wearing Sophie Theallet in 2011
Kelley Robertson | 12 May, 2017, 02:08

The Obama Presidential Center is expected to cost $500 million and should be complete by 2021.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Chicago on Wednesday to unveiled a 3-D model of his presidential center which includes three buildings.

Obama didn't mention his successor, instead focusing on details about the center, including potential exhibits and traffic patterns.

The roundtable event was held at the South Shore Cultural Center where two prominent Chicago couples were married. At the north of the site, the tallest building will contain the center's museum, while buildings to the south will house a library, auditorium, and restaurant, arranged around a public garden.

The presidential center will range in size from 200,000 to 250,000 gross square feet, "but the concept site plan imagines a re-shaping of the Park that will result in a total net increase in green space for Jackson Park", says a foundation press release.

The former president received a friendly hometown reception from the crowd, which included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his one-time chief of staff.

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The President and First Lady will be discussing the plan at a community event this afternoon, which is likely to raise numerous questions about the design's effects on the community more pointedly.

"What we wanted was something that was alive, and that was a hub for activity for the community, for the city, and for the country", he said. The goal is to create 1,500 construction jobs during the four-year build and roughly 300 permanent positions when the center opens.

"Michelle and I will personally donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here in the community so that right away people can get to work and we can start providing opportunity for them", he said.

"We are honored to lead this incredible exhibition design team and to collaborate with the Obama Foundation to help develop a presidential center that reflects the dynamism and openness of the Obama presidency and encourages and supports civic engagement", founder Ralph Appelbaum said. The company won the commission a year ago out of 140 entries and is best known for their educational and institutional works, such as the Cranbrook Natatorium on the campus of the MI arts college, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City.

"It transformed downtown Chicago and the same thing can happen here but we have to be bold in how we visualize the project", he said.

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