Two D.C. Council members, growing weary of the dispute over a massive Wisconsin Avenue office building, are pressing the project's opponents to quit their fight in exchange for the developers' agreement to move a controversial access road that cuts across the entrance to Glover-Archbold Park.

But the neighborhood leaders say they won't accept the deal, which was proposed by the Donohoe Construction Corp. and Holladay Corp., the developers of the 4000 Wisconsin Ave. project.

As part of a proposed agreement to end the two-year-old dispute, Donohoe and Holladay said they would tear up the existing access road and move it about 35 feet onto an adjoining piece of property owned by the two firms. If the new road is built as proposed, the northern entrance to the park would be about the same size it was before the disputed access road was built during the summer.

In return for the new road, which the developers said will cost more than $500,000 in construction and landscaping costs, Donohoe and Holladay have insisted that the neighborhood groups drop two lawsuits against the firms pending before the D.C. Court of Appeals over the construction of the road and the Wisconsin Avenue office building.

Neighborhood groups, through the lawsuits, hope to trim back part of the new building, which they say is too large for the neighborhood.

Council Chairman David A. Clarke and council member Jim Nathanson (D-Ward 3), attending several meetings during the past month between the developers and neighborhood activists, have been unsuccessfully pressing the citizen groups during the past two weeks to accept the developers' deal -- an unpopular stance in a neighborhood where further high-rise office development is being vigorously opposed.

"The city screwed up, but the {Wisconsin Avenue} building is already there," said Nathanson, adding that the proposed settlement is "the best" the citizen groups will likely receive. Clarke was out of town yesterday and unavailable for comment.

The neighborhood activists, six of whom were arrested in June as they tried to block construction of the road, maintain that the deal and its conditions, if accepted, would be a defeat for the controlled-growth movement spreading among residents living near the busy corridor.

"These developers are used to dealing with communities that just give up, but we're willing to dig down and fight," said Joel Odum, president of the Tenley & Cleveland Park Emergency Committee. "If we give up on this project, then we've essentially gone to bed with the developers."

In addition to dropping the lawsuits, the developers also insist that the neighborhood back the developers' plans for a new office building at 4100 Wisconsin Ave., which would house WUSA-TV (Channel 9) on a site immediately east of the existing access road.

Mendelson and Odum said they are upset that the negotiations have not been limited to the issue of the road, which they say never should have been built on public space in the first place.

In a recent letter to the D.C. corporation counsel, Clarke suggested that the trials of Odum and three others facing misdemeanor charges for blocking construction trucks be put off during the testy negotiating period. Odum, who said dropping the charges against the activists is not a part of the negotiations, said his trial has been pushed back to next month.

Whayne Quin, an attorney for the developers, said his clients have offered to move the road and make other concessions because they want to stave off the high legal costs that will result from the two lawsuits and end the "bad publicity" generated by the acrimonious fight.