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Updated Report Widens Impact of Obama Center Project

The proposed Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park will change characteristics of a stretch of boulevards that qualify the area for the National Register of Historic Places, according to an updated report on the project’s impact on the surrounding area.

The final report, prepared for the Federal Highway Administration, said the center will “alter, directly and indirectly, characteristics” of the Chicago Park Boulevard System, including parts of the Jackson Park Historic Landscape District and Midway Plaisance.

The boulevard system wasn’t listed as an historic property in a previous impact report.

Project components that would affect the historic landscape include “proposed changes to the Midway Plaisance, [Obama Presidential Center] site development, and certain roadway closures,” the report said.

It noted that other project components “will deviate from the historic design and have primarily negative effects, such as the Hayes Drive reconfiguration and the changes along Marquette Drive and Cornell Drive.”

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