A library advocacy group argued before the D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday that the city wasted public land in downtown Washington, officially valued at $30 million, by giving it to a private developer in exchange for the reconstruction of a fire station and a library.
As part of the deal, the District gave real estate firm Eastbanc plots of government-owned land that contain the West End Neighborhood Library and a fire station.
The D.C. Library Renaissance Project is suing the city, saying that its Zoning Commission did not properly scrutinize the agreement in order to make sure taxpayers got a fair deal.
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