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Old Posted Sep 5, 2020, 1:46 AM
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“The plaintiffs are nothing more than ‘concerned bystanders,’ and concerned bystanders are not entitled to press their claims in federal court,” the ruling said.
Owned. I didn't think anything different would happen here to be honest. Any other blockers to start construction, technically? There's been a little uptick of late of new construction permits in Woodlawn. Probably unrelated but still good to see.

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The panel also agreed with the district court’s dismissal of the argument that the transfer of public park property violated the Fifth and 14th amendments. It ruled the plaintiffs failed to prove they have a private property interest in Jackson Park that would render its sale to the Obama Foundation as unconstitutional.

Finally, the panel affirmed the lower courts’ denial of the plaintiffs’ challenge to appeal its lawsuit based on the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration review that Jackson Park alterations would have an “adverse effect” on its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Again, the federal appeals and district courts both lack jurisdiction to resolve a public trust claim, according to the ruling.

Herbert Caplan, founder of Protect Our Parks, said in a phone interview that the group plans to file a motion for rehearing. Should that falter, Caplan said he remains hopeful of a long-shot chance at consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2020, 7:29 AM
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/polit...7y4-story.html

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Long-running federal review into Obama center concludes, groundbreaking tentatively set for 2021

A federal review into the historic effects of former President Barack Obama’s proposed presidential center in Jackson Park officially concluded Thursday afternoon, further dashing hopes of opposition groups troubled by the impact of future construction on the storied South Side park.

Officials finalized a memorandum of agreement that caps off the presidential center’s three-year Section 106 federal review, the longest out of several triggered by the Obama Foundation’s decision to locate the future complex on historic property. Other reviews into mitigating environmental impacts as well as protecting public parkland remain ongoing, although the foundation announced earlier this month that groundbreaking for the center is slated to begin in 2021.

“The completion of this step of the federal review is the result of years of hard work by Mayor Lightfoot, community leaders, environmentalists and park enthusiasts,” a foundation representative wrote in a statement. “We celebrate this milestone with all those who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to help us reimagine what is possible in Jackson Park with the OPC.”

The $500 million Obama Presidential Center is expected to be a sprawling campus that will house the Obama Foundation offices and include spaces for large gatherings, an athletic center and a public library branch. In addition, the campus will have outdoor recreation areas including a sledding hill and walking paths.

But a process known as Section 106 was triggered in December 2017 because the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to sign off on changes that may affect historic properties such as Jackson Park. The Federal Highway Administration worked with the city to consider roadway changes and potential mitigations in order to allow it to approve upcoming transportation project funding.

When the first draft was rolled out this summer, the finalized MOA was met with condemnation from some local groups in support of preserving Jackson Park as is. But dozens of other parties concurred with the final report.

The nonprofit Jackson Park Watch, a dogged adversary of the presidential center’s proposed site, suggested a number of changes that were ignored, although the group was not required to sign off on it. Its president, Brenda Nelms, said earlier this week her lack of say had “set a very bad precedent” for undercutting community input.

“It was really a travesty … that ignored the realities of what the impact on the historic resources of the park, how they would be affected by the current plans for the Obama center,” Nelms said.

Under the MOA, the city will be required the rehab the English Stone Comfort Station as well as the Statue of the Republic in the park. The eastern chunk of Midway Plaisance will see a new “play area” designed by the city, which also must work up materials to educate the community about the significance of Jackson Park.

The presidential center’s location on park land was at the heart of another fight, this time in the courts. A lawsuit over the planned center’s campus in Jackson Park was effectively killed in August after a federal appeals court panel ruled the plaintiffs did not suffer actual harm and that much of their grievances were not within the court’s jurisdiction. But its chief litigant is vowing to appeal up to the Supreme Court.
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2020, 9:34 PM
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Jackson Park is looking more and more like a dump these days, the comfort station is barely standing. I hope the center will breathe some new life into the park. Are the roadway revisions expected to take out many trees and other mature landscaping?
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^ The information you want is here (PDF link).

The total number of trees in Jackson Park is unknown, but a little more than half of the park has been surveyed in recent years and contains just under 5000 trees. For the sake of argument, assume 9000 trees in the park total. Out of that, the Obama center and all the roadway projects are projected to remove 789 trees, or around 9% of the trees in the park.

All removed trees will be replaced at a 1:1 ratio. Stony Island will also be widened into a boulevard north of 65th, which will include new trees on the east and west side parkways and in the median that are outside of the park boundaries but functionally part of the same urban forest. There are also new trees being added in the Midway between Stony and the Metra tracks which will offset the loss as well.
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^ The information you want is here (PDF link).
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I just realized what this design is...

It's a Lime Kiln:


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^ Nothing could possibly be more of a lime kiln than the St Regis' crown lime kiln
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