Obama’s presidential center has been at the center of controversy for months. Leftists who live in the area don’t want it and have fought its construction. Now the site has been shut down over the cutting down of trees which were supposed to be protected.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
Obama Center-related construction in Jackson Park stopped by City Hall
The city and Chicago Park District on Monday announced a halt to Obama Presidential Center-related construction in Jackson Park after moving ahead while crucial federal reviews of the project were still ongoing.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported in August that the park district was cutting down trees in Jackson Park despite a federal lawsuit, city and federal approvals pending, and a pledge from the Obama Foundation CEO to keep trees intact until the permitting process is complete.
Given the controversy over the tree cutting and federal agencies becoming more active in reviews, the city at the beginning of September decided to slow down construction of a new track field – needed because the proposed Obama Center will be taking over land where an existing field is located.
The city decision to stop the work came after a Sept. 11 meeting with the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration.
Will the center ever be completed at this point? And even if it is, will the local community ever be happy about it?