University of Chicago reveals development details for Obama library

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The University of Chicago has released new information on the two sites it has proposed for the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

University officials say the locations, in the city's Washington Park and Woodlawn/Jackson Park neighborhoods, would create new opportunities for economic growth and underutilized park land while not displacing local residents.

The 22-acre location in Washington Park would be bordered by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Ellsworth Drive, Garfield Boulevard and 51st Street near the Garfield Boulevard CTA station.

The 21-acre Woodlawn/Jackson Park location would be bordered by Stony Island Avenue, Cornell Avenue, 60th Street and 63rd Street.

The university says the proposed sites would consist of mostly open spaces, as 10 acres or less would be devoted to buildings.

The bids are among three that were submitted Dec. 11 from Chicago-area universities, as University of Illinois at Chicago also submitted a bid for a 23-acre location near Roosevelt and Kostner.

Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu are also finalists.