Groups camp out ahead of meeting about Obama Presidential Center

CHICAGO -- Groups camped out ahead of a Thursday night meeting on the future of the Obama Presidential Center, as some call on the Obama Foundation to sign an agreement that will guarantee jobs for local residents and protect against increasing rent.

While still in the planning and feedback stage,  city officials say the center will bring big changes to parts of Jackson and Washington Parks and the South Shore Cultural Center, including widening Stony Island, eliminating the heavily used Cornell Drive in Jackson Park and building a garage in the Midway Plaisance.

Changes for cars, buses, trains and bike traffic are expected as well, including:

  • One southbound lane on LSD from 57th to Hayes Dr.
  • Adding two lanes to Stony Island Ave. from 59th to 63rd streets
  • New protected pedestrian crossings and underpasses including but not limited to 67th st. And lsd

Residents of nearby Woodlawn, Jackson Park, South Shore and Washington Park are asking for a signed legal contract that will guarantee jobs in construction and the operation of  the Obama Presidential Center and any directly related businesses, as well as caps on residential rental units.