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Obama Center Groundbreaking Slated for 2021 as Federal Review Concludes

A federal review into the historic effects of former President Barack Obama’s proposed presidential center in Jackson Park has officially concluded, the Chicago Tribune reported. Groundbreaking for the $500-million Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side is slated to occur in 2021.

The Tribune reported that officials finalized a memorandum of agreement that caps off the presidential center’s three-year Section 106 federal review, the longest out of several triggered by the Obama Foundation’s decision to locate the future complex on historic property.

“The completion of this step of the federal review is the result of years of hard work by Mayor [Lori] Lightfoot, community leaders, environmentalists and park enthusiasts,” a foundation representative told the Tribune.

A lawsuit over the OPC was effectively killed in August after a federal appeals court panel ruled the plaintiffs didn’t suffer actual harm. But its chief litigant vows to appeal up to the Supreme Court.

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