The Obama Presidential Center by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Interactive Design moves forward as a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit against it. The planned $500 million, 20-acre campus faced an initial ruling from a district judge that allowed the lawsuit to proceed and stalled construction for four months. Now U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey stated there will be no halt in construction. The initial lawsuit was filed by Protect Our Parks and three other community groups against both the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District, arguing that the Obama Foundation’s plan to place the OPC in the Olmsted and Vaux–designed Jackson Park was illegal. Protect Our Parks argued that since the Center wouldn’t actually be a government-run presidential library but a privately-run museum center and Chicago Public Library location, the land transfer from the city to the Obama Foundation was invalid. Blakey ruled that the public benefits offered by the Obama Presidential Center would constitute a public good and merit the land transfer.
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