- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on details about the plan to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in a lakeside park in Chicago’s South Side (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

The chairman of the Obama Foundation says Jackson Park’s “iconic location” on the Chicago lakefront and its historical significance were key to its selection for Barack Obama’s presidential library.

Marty Nesbitt said Wednesday that the foundation believes Jackson Park’s location and history as the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition will attract visitors on a “global level.”

He also downplayed its selection over nearby Washington Park, saying the two parks are “one community.”

The parks preservation advocacy group Friends of the Parks said Wednesday it doesn’t plan to sue over the selection of Jackson Park, as it did with the proposed sites for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. It says site is not public trust land, unlike the proposed sites for the museum by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

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12:35 a.m.

The Obama Foundation is set to unveil details about its plan to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in a lakeside park in Chicago’s South Side.

The foundation, city leaders and University of Chicago officials will publicly discuss the plan Wednesday.

The decision to build the museum in Jackson Park rather than another historic park in a nearby impoverished neighborhood has left some residents worried that the museum will deliver less of a boost to the city’s South Side.

Some say Washington Park, a mile to the west, has greater needs because of poverty and population decline. They say the location decision is a missed opportunity to spur development there.

Last week, the Obama Foundation said building the museum in Jackson Park would have “the greatest long-term impact on the combined communities.”

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