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School children and city officials broke ground on a new library in Northwest D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood after years of delays and fighting between different neighborhood groups and the city.

Jo Cooper is a neighbor, she's had to make do with a small temporary library for the past five years. "This is a huge day for us. I've been coming to this branch or a library on this site ever since I was a little girl," says Cooper. "I've brought my children here every Saturday ever since my oldest was a year old."

It's been a long time coming. There was broad agreement to rebuild the library, but some, including city planners, wanted to make it a mixed-use facility, with apartments or retail stores on the same site. Some neighbors supported it, some objected. A nearby school feared losing green space.

In the end there was a compromise--the city kicked in $1 million dollars to put steel foundations in place so if they decide to build more, they'll be able to.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

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