Letter to the Editor: More libraries should emulate West End’s public-private deal

The new West End Library is located at 2301 L St. NW. (rendering by CORE architecture + design)

It is interesting that D.C. Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan appears to consider the private-public development of the new library to be such a success [“West End Library set to open next week,” Nov. 29]. Your article quotes him as saying, “We get the space at very little cost to taxpayers. There’s a lot of good and not a whole lot of bad.”

At more than one community meeting regarding the replacement of the Cleveland Park Library, I suggested the same model should be used. My suggestion got no support from the planners, so now we will have a library that will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. Part of the money saved could have been used to construct a better library with better contents.

The Tenley-Friendship and Cleveland Park libraries represent missed opportunities to leverage very valuable commercial sites.

Edward J. Doheny, Cleveland Park