West End Neighborhood Library rebuilt for $20 million
WASHINGTON (AP) - While the District of Columbia has spent $200 million to rebuild 14 public libraries in the past five years, the West End Neighborhood Library has been left out.
The Washington Post reports plans to replace the library through a deal with a developer have languished for years.
Activists led by Ralph Nader protested the public-private partnership and delayed it through litigation. Nader says the city made a sweetheart deal to sell the land for too little.
In 2010, the district made a deal with developers to rebuild the library and a fire station for $20 million in exchange for the land. The developer also plans to build luxury housing and retail space.
Neighborhood groups support the deal and want to have a new library to replace a decaying structure.