The Obama Presidential Center, near Lake Michigan on the south side of Chicago, will get a taller, slimmer and more transparent museum tower than the previous version revealed past year.
"We are concerned that rather than becoming a bold vision for urban living in the future it will soon become an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past", the letter concludes.
"Parking is expensive, and though public lands are being given away, all the profits from this parking lot will go to the Obama Foundation", the letter says.
According to Crain's, shortly after the statement was sent, the foundation announced it would eliminate the above-ground parking garage on the east end of the Midway Plaisance, and instead create a parking garage underneath the center in Jackson Park.
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"None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure", the faculty members add.
"First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as now planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhood", the letter explains.
In a newly released video, former President Barack Obama says that he has been actively involved in the planning process to build the center, which aims to open by 2021. Museum and library buildings will be joined by a space called the "Forum", where, according to the former United States president, "anybody can come together for some local programming, or to gather for larger-scale events in an auditorium, maybe record something in a broadcast studio, or just have a bite to eat".
In addition to the aforementioned exterior changes, the new plans also shed some light on other elements of the center.
Instead, the proposed center would include a recording studio, basketball courts, and a children's play garden. The presidential library will be housed on the city's South Side in the Jackson Park neighborhood.