CHICAGO (CBS) — A trio of City Council committees has overwhelmingly recommended the city take control of Park Distric land on the South Side if President Barack Obama chooses the University of Chicago’s bid for his presidential library and museum.
The university has proposed building the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum on one of two sites, either in Jackson Park or in Washington Park.
At a joint meeting Wednesday, three City Council panels voted heavily in favor of the Emanuel administration’s plan to transfer about 20 acres of land in either park to the city if the Barack Obama Foundation picks the University of Chicago’s library bid.
“All we are asking the council to do today is approve the conveyance of land from the Park District to the city, should one or another of the South Side locations be selected by the library foundation,” Chicago Housing and Economic Development Commissioner Andrew Mooney said
Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), voted yes, but admitted a preference for Jackson Park, which is located in her ward.
“Either site would be fine, but again I am partial to that which sits in the 5th Ward. The opportunity here is tremendous.
The Washington Park site is located in the neighboring 4th and 20th Wards.