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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