Judge John Robert Blakey is expected to rule today (Feb. 19) on whether a lawsuit to stop construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park will be allowed to proceed.
The ruling relates to the the defendants’ motion to dismiss the Protect Our Parks v. Chicago Park District lawsuit, based on the argument that Protect Our Parks lacks standing.
Judge Blakey has set another hearing date for Feb. 27 if issues remain within the lawsuit. If it is allowed to proceed, the project will face significant delays.
Under the agreement between the Obama Foundation and the city, the building is to be constructed with private funds, but ownership will be transferred to the city without charge. The Obama foundation would control and pay for the building’s operation.
Lakeside Alliance will be the center’s construction manager. The alliance is a joint venture consisting of the Presidential Partners consortium, which consists of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction, partnering with Turner Construction Company.
Source: Chicago Construction News Obama Center lawsuit ruling imminent