Washington D.C.: “Library Group Sues D.C. Zoning Commission Over $30m West End Deal”
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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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.