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Some see red over proposed green roof

March 22, 2010
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — Many local leaders are outraged over plans to construct a $380,000 green roof atop the Burke branch of the Alexandria Library, according to the Washington Examiner.
Supporters of the plan claim that federal grants supplementing the cost of the installation will be lost and future grants will be in jeopardy if the plan does not move forward, the story stated.
Dorothy Koopman, chairman of the Alexandria Library Board who called the plan "ill-conceived," said: "The current roof is only 13 years old, has never leaked and has a useful life of 25 years."
The Alexandria City Council has already approved the project, which would cost taxpayers $173,000 after federal grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are taken into consideration, the story noted.
Some have suggested using the grant money to cover the operations of the library, which has been forced to scale back hours and its workforce after roughly $1 million in funding cuts over the past three years, the story added.
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