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I can’t keep up with—-nor do I want to keep up with—-all the twists and turns in the Tenleytown Library saga. By this point, there have been so many acts in this drama, it’s damn near impossible to recall them all.
But if you’re new to this epic, allow me to offer a pithy summary: The Tenleytown library closed ages ago. The city wanted to construct a big, mixed-use development project (plus a library) at the building site, but residents disapproved. So now they want to move forward and simply get a new library. But the city officials are still hooked on the old concept.
(If you want more details, check out these recent updates: Tenleytown Library Project Moving Forward Despite Fenty Expectations 11/21/2008 and Albert Stands Ground On Tenleytown Library Project 1/22/2009.)
Anyway, now “the children” are involved! According to a press release I received from the Library Renaissance Project, parents will be rallying at 7:45 a.m. in the morning outside the old library site:
Parents in Tenley to Hold “Library Now” Rally
Washington, DC – February 24, 2009 – Parents of students at Tenley neighborhood schools, including the historic Janney School and St. Ann’s Academy, and their neighbors, will rally on Wednesday morning to demand the City proceed with DC Public Library (DCPL) plans for a new Tenley library
What: Library Now Rally When: 7:45 am, Wednesday February 25, 2009 Where: Site of demolished Tenley Library, Wisconsin Ave & Albemarle St, NW
The Tenley-Friendship communities have been without a full-service library for over four years, since their branch was closed in December 2004.
Recently, the Janney School Improvement Team (SIT) rejected the City’s plans with developer LCOR for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that would delay a new library until 2013. The PPP would also include construction of a 150 unit apartment building above a new library, but would not provide funds for, or speed up improvements to Janney — the principal reason long given by officials for supporting the PPP and justifying delay to the long awaited library.
Meanwhile, DCPL’s new plans for a stand-alone library are fully funded, and have been developed with — and embraced by — the local community. In November, after months of work with LCOR failed to yield adequate or timely results, Library Trustees voted to move ahead independently. A construction contract for DCPL’s new Tenley Library is expected to come before the DC Council next month.
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