Construction delays irritate residents of Washington, D.C., neighborhood

April 27, 2009
Residents fear a new Woodson High School will never be built

From The Washington Post: When Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and other Washington, D.C., officials gathered at H.D. Woodson High School last July to announce its impending demolition, they brought drawings of its gleaming, $110 million masonry-and-glass replacement. Construction was to start in January, with the building ready for students in August 2010. But the new Woodson, promised to the area for better than a decade, is still barely on the horizon. Construction has yet to begin, and officials now say it won't be open until 2011. School construction chief Allen Y. Lew attributes the delay to problems with the design, but the delay has fueled community suspicions that Woodson will never reopen or that it will not be open to all within its attendance boundaries.

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