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D.C. to appeal judge's decision in Ivy City case

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Andria Awanson is a third generation Ivy City resident now raising a fourth generation - a 2-year-old and a baby on the way.

“We do have a history of asthma in our family, in our home,” she says. “My little brothers as well in the home has an asthma machine.”

The organization "Empower D.C." says 160 residents here have respiratory problems because of this nearby DCPS bus lot.

And they oppose the d-c government's plan to add charter buses on the property of the Old Crummell school.

“We're paying attention and we'll use organizing and lawsuits as necessary to hold them accountable,” says Parisa Norouzi, Empower D.C. executive director.

They're now lobbying D.C. councilmembers.

And in a letter to the mayor, Ward 5's Kenyan McDuffie wrote. "The Crummell School is an inappropriate location for a charter bus lot, and I stand with the community in urging you to select an alternative location."

Because of a court injunction this week, the D.C. government must temporarily halt the plan.

The judge wants more city outreach to the local ANC and an environmental review.

“I've not thoroughly reviewed it but I think there were some procedural issues that were cited,” says D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

A spokesperson for the D.C. office of the attorney general says the District is planning to appeal a judge's decision.

And at his weekly press conference, the mayor said the attorney general is reviewing the case.

Afterward, he was confronted about it.

Residents claim they were promised a "reimagined Crummell" school.

“I haven't had that discussion with anybody,” Gray says. “And that school has been used as a homeless shelter, it's been vacant. I don't, I have been a part of no discussions about that.”

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