It wasn't pretty yesterday when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the developer for a new library-school project in Tenleytown.
About two dozen residents and activists opposed to the plan because they fear the loss of green space for Janney Elementary School heckled the mayor as he explained that the LCOR development firm plans to build about 130 housing units over a new library at the Tenleytown site
Shortly after the old library was demolished last year, the city asked developers to propose mixed-use projects for the site. But the library system had committed more than $1.million to its own design. Fenty (D) said developer fees would pay for the school renovations for Janney.
But some residents weren't in very good moods about the whole thing.
"I don't like it shoved down your throat," neighborhood comissioner Amy McVey told staff reporter Michael Birnbaum in today's story about the plans.
Opponents also accused the mayor's office of changing the news conference time to try to avoid protesters.
"They have been very secretive and hush hush about all this," McVey said. "[Fenty] He promised he'd never go through with the project if the community wasn't behind it. I actually think that he was shocked that there were so many people" at the protest.
Neighborhood commissioner Ann Sullivan said, "They all know they'll be short-changing the children in the long run."
Sean Madigan, a spokesman for the mayor, said Fenty's schedule had changed on short notice but not because he was trying to avoid protesters.
Madigan said the administration had gone "almost above and beyond" with community input and noted that a news conference "isn't a public meeting, per se, where we want to engage community feedback."
Eric Scott, the city's manager for the project, said they have taken some of the comments from the ANC to heart.