A judge nominated by former President Obama dealt a blow Tuesday to the former president's efforts to build his presidential library in Chicago with a ruling that a lawsuit challenging the facility's planned construction can go forward.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit from an advocacy group accusing the city of illegally transferring public land to a private entity would not be dismissed.


Blakey was appointed to the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by Obama in 2014 after previously serving as both a special assistant U.S. attorney and a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

A $500 million presidential library center developed by the Obama Foundation is set to be constructed on Chicago's South Side, in the Jackson Park area, which is classified as city land. The advocacy group Protect Our Parks is arguing in its lawsuit that city law bars construction of private developments in any of the city's public parks.

City officials, meanwhile, argue that Protect Our Parks is misunderstanding the law and misrepresenting the environmental impact of the planned construction. 

Similar court proceedings in 2016 reportedly stopped "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a museum on public land near the city's lakefront, according to the AP.