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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett turned back a bid to halt a library dedicated to former President Barack Obama from being built in a Chicago neighborhood where petitioners said they are concerned about permanent harm to the local environment.
The Obama Foundation has been engaged in a legal back-and-forth with groups for years who have sued to stop the construction of the library in the Jackson Park area of the city.
One advocacy group, Protect Our Parks, as well as and other plaintiffs have cited various reasons for halting construction including environmental issues and arguments that the foundation has not satisfied federal environmental impact studies requirements.
But Barrett, former President Donald Trump’s third nominee to the high court who has often been a disappointment to conservatives, appears to have ended the legal tussle with her ruling Friday.
“We greatly appreciate the continued support of our project and process by the courts, including now from the highest court in the land,” an Obama Foundation spokesperson told Fox News.
“With their support, and the outpouring of support we’ve received from so many on the South Side and across the city of Chicago, we were so pleased to be able to kick off our construction this past week and get us one day closer to doors opening at the Obama Presidential Center,” the spokesperson added.
That said, opponents of the project don’t appear to be ready to hang up their legal battle.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing, but not surprising. We still believe that preserving the status quo is fundamental to preventing irreparable harm in Jackson Park,” petitioners’ co-counsel Michael Rachlis said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“Nonetheless, our core arguments seek to protect the long-term environmental and historical resources in Jackson Park, and we look forward to presenting our evidence and these arguments in the appellate and district court in the coming weeks,” Rachlis added.
Barrett ruled because she oversees emergency federal cases in Illinois. She could have ruled on behalf of the petitioners or she could have referred the matter to the full court.
“The advocacy group also claimed that the construction evaded a federally required review process on its environmental impacts, and said the project should instead be built in Washington Park, which is a few miles away,” Fox News reported.
The advocacy group filed an emergency petition on Tuesday seeking an injunction against the construction.
“In constructing the OPC, Respondents will need to demolish significant parts of Jackson Park, its historical resources, parkland, and trees, which will, in turn, adversely affect the human environment, the historic landscape, wildlife, and migratory birds,” the filing said.
Excavation for the library and complex, formally known as the Obama Presidential Center, began on Monday.
Trees are scheduled to be cut down on Sept. 1 in order to facilitate additional construction.
The location is slated to include gardens, a playground, a museum, and, of course, a library.
In addition to owning a multimillion-dollar home in Washington D.C., the Obamas also own a $12 million mansion in Martha’s Vineyard.
At one time, they also owned a home in Chicago’s Kenwood and Hyde Park neighborhoods.
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