Construction underway for Obama Center in Chicago

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — After years of planning and delays, construction of the Obama Center has launched at Jackson Park in Chicago.

The $500,000,000 center was pushed back due to lawsuits over the park being on the national register of historic places. Concerns were also raised about displacing residents.

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The Obama Foundation says more than 50% of the construction contracts have gone to minority-owned firms.

The organization adds that the goal is to have 35% of workforce hours come from underserved communities.

“A lot of people who have been left out and marginalized. It’s a huge step up,” said Robert Mcgee Jr.

The multi-building complex will include a museum, public library branch, athletic center, children’s play area and a kitchen.

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It’s expected to open in four or five years.

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