Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) issued a joint press release today that voices their opposition to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan for a mixed-use development for the site that includes Janney Elementary School and the former Tenley-Friendship Library.
They also sent a letter of opposition to the mayor. According to the letter, they want the mayor to "permit the Tenley Library to be built now and separate it from any possibly mixed-use, or public/private development on the site."
Fenty's proposal and the pick of the LCOR development firm drew heckles from a crowd during his announcement in July. The library system already had $1 million for its own design.
Brown and Cheh say in the letter that their decision is based on the views of the community.
Under the city/LCOR partnership, 130 housing units would be built over a new library while parking for the library, school and residences would be underground.
"...we believe that it is fatally flawed; we cannot and will not support it," the council members wrote.