In its letter, the group expressed concerns the center won't be a "bold vision for urban living", but instead will become "an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past".
The new images shared Wednesday reveal the results of the public feedback and were unveiled on the same day as the Center announced it had submitted applications to the City of Chicago, a major milestone in the development process.
The Obama Foundation has given in to criticism, making a change to its plans.
"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.
They say the center's proposed location lacks room to jump-start economic development, and its footprint will consume parts of historic Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance.
The letter hammered the Obama Foundation's plans to build a 450-space parking lot, saying that it is "socially regressive" because it privileges people who can afford to have a vehicle.
"None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure", the faculty members add. Clearly the choice of Washington Park, specifically the plans developed by John Ronan Architects, opens the center up to a myriad of possibilities, majority eliminating the problems of the Jackson Park site. It includes a sledding hill, quiet spaces, a museum, a library, and an athletic center. Another two-story building will house a library and both buildings will be covered with accessible parkland on the rooftops.
Charles Lipson, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, which sits just blocks away from the center's future location, said Mr. Obama is "indulging himself" by building "a monument along the lakefront, where it will have a lot less positive impact than it could have had elsewhere".
This is not to say that the economic needs of the neighborhoods around Jackson Park should be ignored.