Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were both on hand Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
The center, officially Obama’s presidential library, is on Chicago’s South Side and will include a museum, an athletic center, a forum building, a public plaza, a play area and a branch of the Chicago Public Library.
Construction on the center began in August, following years of delays due to legal challenges and federal reviews. Some community members hoped officials would bar the Obama Foundation from building in Chicago’s Jackson Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A four-year federal review concluded in February that the center would pose “no significant impact to the human environment.”
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