Community Members Review Obama Library Project Transportation Plans During Public Meetings at the South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649
The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Obama Library .Foundation invited members of the public and community organizations to review transportation plans during Phase 1 of the Obama Presidential Library project. The two-day "Visioning" event took place August 23 and 24 at the South Shore Cultural Center near Jackson Park where the library will be built.
"I can't wait to patronize the Obama Center," said Warren Beard a community organizer from Hyde Park area who attended the first day of the event. "We are looking forward to this center and are grateful that this neighborhood was chosen."
Community members were invited to watch a 20-minute video on the project followed by gallery of posters that displayed key research on transportation changes that will include road closures, traffic patterns, bike routes, street expansions, bus routes and parking.
Proposed Transportation Solutions for the Obama Presidential Library
During this phase, the Obama Foundation committee hoped to get feedback that will help them decide on the most viable transportation solutions to move forward. The streets surrounding the park that will be affected include the South Lake Shore Drive, Midway Plaisance, Stoney Island and East Hayes Drive.
The plan also showed residents how the 14 bus routes, metra and CTA green lines will be updated and expanded to accommodate the library. In addition, the display showed traffic projections for through year 2040 created by CMAP.
"There has to be economic development around this. Not just food trucks," said an attendee. "I am very interested in what's going to happen on 63rd street. We have all these vacant lots. It used to be a thriving community and has not been for the last forty-five years."
The attendee said she hoped with the building of the Obama Library, the surrounding area near 63rd street will benefit from the increased tourism.
The current proposals, the CDOT estimate the park will gain 1.3 acre of parkland.
Members of the community can review the proposed plans and provide comments and feedback on the website South Lake Front Plan Website