An effort organized by a group founded by former presidential candidate Ralph Nader to stop the redevelopment of the West End Library was rejected by the D.C. Court of Appeals this morning. The project, which includes a new library, a new fire station, and more than 200 residential units, is now likely to move forward, as first reported by the Washington Business Journal.
The D.C. Library Renaissance Project, founded by Nader in 2002, sought to halt the development, alleging that it violated affordable housing guidelines, undervalued the land, and didn’t conform to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The court rejected those arguments, siding with the Zoning Commission and developer EastBanc.
Nader has argued that the project represents a “giveaway” by the D.C. government to EastBanc, while some West End neighborhood groups have supported the project.
Rendering from EastBanc