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Protests over deal delay DC library redevelopment

Sunday - 11/3/2013, 1:30pm  ET

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 (http://wapo.st/16vRUDu ) 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.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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