West End project is a go


Ralph Nader stands outside the West End Library in 2007, protesting the deal to trade the land it sits on for a new library. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

It took more than six years, but the proposal to replace the West End library and fire station with new facilities topped with housing appears ready at last to become reality. The D.C. Court of Appeals earlier this month rejected a last-ditch request for a rehearing filed by an activist group affiliated with famed advocate Ralph Nader, clearing the way for a summer groundbreaking. But other developers considering entering into public-private land deals with the city, be warned: The activists are ready to keep fighting. “We’re in this for the long haul,” said lawyer Oliver B. Hall. “One bad court decision doesn’t end the effort to protect things like affordable housing and the people’s interest in getting fair market value for public property.”

In other news:

Two shot and wounded outside National Zoo; third instance of Easter Monday violence there since 2000 (PostWRC-TVWTOP)

The rest of the day at the zoo was crowded but peaceful (Post)

Inspector General Charles Willoughby calls it quits (PostLoose Lips)

“Rapid rehousing” does no good in a city where housing is unaffordable (Post column)

Why HOT lanes deserve consideration in D.C. (Post editorial)

Inside the mayoral budget’s housing proposals (DCFPI)

Universal pre-K is good, but it’s not a panacea for poverty (GGW)

You will soon need to get a new driver’s license, even if you just got a new driver’s license (Dr. GridlockWAMU-FM)

Eight new charter school applications will get board’s consideration (Post)

One of David Wilmot’s clients got him a Bentley (Loose Lips)

Gray complaints about Secret Service street closures leads to “productive meetings” (Roll Call)

D.C. cop stands accused of treating his service weapon recklessly (WJLA-TV)

Does D.C. need to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights? (DCist)

Ride-sharing service Sidecar rallies users against proposed D.C. regulations (Sidecar)

The 1958 zoning rewrite got a whole lot less public comment than the current one (WBJ)

Chris Brown’s bodyguard is found guilty of assault; Brown trial starts Wednesday (PostWaTimesAP)

Missing 14-year-old Sincere Stewart is found safe (WTOP)

“Everything you’ve always wanted to know about bikeshare (but were afraid to ask)” (ElevationDC)

Tonight: First of six Circulator planning meetings (WRC-TV)

Spring groundbreaking for Cafritz Foundation’s Fort Totten project? (WBJ)

16th Street apartment building will go condo (UrbanTurf)

A beer garden behind the Howard Theatre? (SALM)

TruOrleans space is about to get a new restaurant tenant (PoPville)

More Supercan complaints (WJLA-TV)

Save D.C.’s honeybees (City Desk)

Another ode to Potomac Video (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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