Community summit held in South Shore to address displacement due to Obama Center

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South Shore residents, community leaders, and advocates gather to voice concerns about displacement due to the Obama Center. Photo credit Terry Keshner/WBBM Newsradio

CHICAGO(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A community summit was held Saturday in the South Shore neighborhood to voice concerns over displacement because of the Obama Center.

Brandon Patterson is with the Obama Community Benefits Agreement Coalition and was among those who gathered at South Shore United Methodist Church on the 7300 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.

"We're not trying to stop the Obama Center. We never have been," he said. "Our demands are the city address the other side of the coin to ensure that everyone can stick around to benefit from all the good that the center will do."

Fifth Ward Alderman Desmon Yancy was also among those at the summit. He's supporting an ordinance that includes more than $64 million in investments for housing and development in South Shore where prices are going up as the Obama Center is built.

"That's a story that happens all across the country, but we're feeling it here in South Shore where a great new development comes, but the people who are living in this neighborhood suffer disinvestment for a long time."

Audrey Jones lives in South Shore and she said residents were told by President Obama that they wouldn't have to move.

"They're doing a lot of changes in the neighborhood and we're curious as to see what's going on."

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