"The building of a school of this size in a totally residential neighborhood will have a devastating effect on the residential and historical character of the neighborhood," the suit says. "The increased noise, traffic and congestion will have an irreparable harmful effect on the neighborhood and its residents."Previous coverage here.
Under District zoning laws that were written decades before D.C. charter schools began to proliferate in the mid-1990s, any public school has the right to move into residential areas without a special zoning exemption. Neighbors contend the proposed charter school does not fit the definition of a "public school."
Friday, February 03, 2006
More on AppleTree charter woes
Mike Rupert of the Examiner has more on the ongoing battle between the AppleTree charter school and residents of the Northeast neighborhood who are trying to block the school's new home. The Northeast Neighbors for Responsible Growth, a group made up of residents surrounding the proposed location of the school on 12th St. NE, have asked a court to issue an injunction against the AppleTree Institute to keep the stop any work on the new facility until DC zoning officials can look at the case.