A Chicago parks advocacy group has asked the Supreme Court to block construction of former President Obama’s presidential library, the same day the excavators began to undertake the project.
Protect Our Parks and several other plaintiffs argued in the 11th hour High Court on Monday over environmental concerns, according to The Hill.
The group asked the court to urgently stop construction in the city’s Jackson Park on the south side, saying federal, state and local governments have split the project into smaller pieces to avoid a full environmental assessment, according to the report.
The emergency request stated that the construction “would demolish significant parts of Jackson Park, its historic resources, parks and trees, which in turn would negatively affect the human environment, historic landscape, wildlife, and trees. Migrator birds”.
Legal pressure from Protect Our Parks in 2018 to stop construction on the $ 500 million project was blocked by a federal judge.
“We are awaiting a word from the Court as to the next steps,” said an Obama Foundation spokesperson.
“On Monday, August 16, the Obama Foundation officially began construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park,” the statement reportedly continued, “and we are delighted to bring this historic project to the city of Chicago.”
The fully digital presidential library will be built near the University of Chicago campus, commemorating the region where the Democrat began his political career.