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Council Okays 99-Year Agreement for Obama Center

Two ordinances have passed City Council that establish the terms and conditions of the land use, and authorize roadway vacations related to the Obama Presidential Center to be built in Jackson Park. One of the ordinances entails the Obama Foundation paying $10 to occupy, use and maintain the land for 99 years. The other diverts traffic from certain roads near the Obama Center site.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the Obama Center “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Chicago to host a museum honoring the country’s first African-American president; create a cultural, recreational and educational asset for Chicago residents and magnet for visitors to our global city; and generate billions of dollars in economic impact.”

The council vote follow last May’s approval of a 19.3-acre site that will contain the Obama Center. The project is expected to break ground in 2019.

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