BRIDGEPORT \u2014 This weekend the Reservoir Community Farm celebrated the end of its 2021 growing season with a harvest festival before shutting down for December, January and February. Meanwhile the leader of Green Village Initiative, which manages the North End site, is optimistic about remaining a presence in that neighborhood, dependent on looming landlord\/tenant negotiations with the city. The 8-year-old farm\u2019s lease for the 1.5 acres of public land at Reservoir Ave. and Yaremich Drive expires in March. And Eleanor Angerame, Green Village\u2019s executive director, said she is at peace with the idea of sharing the space with a future new library. \u201cWe\u2019ve been having some great conversations with the Office of Planning and Economic Development and the library (board),\u201d Angerame said last week. \u201cI feel really upbeat about the future.\u201d Her comment is a complete turnaround from this past winter, when a frustrated Angerame publicly complained to the City Council about what she characterized as a behind-the-scenes campaign to oust her organization. That legislative body without fanfare last year set aside $2 million in the five-year capital plan \u2014 the budget for large infrastructure projects \u2014 for a \u201cnew North End\/Reservoir Avenue library branch.\u201d \u201cWe were alarmed to discover plans already in place ... to convert the urban farm site and green space into a public library,\u201d Angerame told council members at their regular meeting in mid-February. Mayor Joe Ganim\u2019s administration has for a few years been under pressure from some neighborhood leaders like Councilwoman Rosalina Roman-Christy and activist Steve Nelson to build a library on the the property the farm calls home. \u201cThat\u2019s one of the main reasons why we supported Mayor Ganim,\u201d Nelson said in March, referring to the Democratic incumbent\u2019s 2019 reelection. \u201cWe\u2019re under the understanding it\u2019s (the lease) not going to be renewed and they\u2019ll (Ganim\u2019s administration) put that land aside for us to get this library.\u201d Neither Ganim\u2019s office nor the economic development office returned requests for comment on the topic last winter or for this story. But Jim O\u2019Donnell, the library board\u2019s chairman, and that group\u2019s treasurer, Tom Errichetti, insisted this week their aim is for the farm and a new library to share the site, not for the latter to replace the former. \u201cThat\u2019s the library\u2019s position,\u201d O\u2019Donnell said. \u201cI attended an informative session the farm had put together back in late September and they had some rough ideas how the property might be used. It would be a shame for them to lose all the good work they do there when I think we can work hand-in-glove together.\u201d \u201cWe think the farm would be a good partner for the library. It leads to healthy eating (and) it\u2019s a good activity for kids to get involved in in the summer,\u201d Errichetti said. \u201cWe weren\u2019t looking to displace them, but got a sense the community wants a library there and that\u2019s the best parcel. I think the city is supportive of whatever we can come to terms with.\u201d O\u2019Donnell and Errichetti also emphasized that the library proposal is still just that given their board is opening\/building three other branches \u2014 one on the East End, two on the East Side \u2014 and there is currently not enough money available for the Reservoir Ave. one. \u201cWe can only do so much at one time,\u201d Errichetti said. O\u2019Donnell argued regardless of what future arrangement is worked out for the farm and library to share land, it would make sense for the Ganim Administration to renew the Green Village Initiative\u2019s lease for a few more years. \u201cWe\u2019re not in a position to do anything,\u201d O\u2019Donnell said. \u201cEven if we had all of the money, it would take us at least two years and probably three years to design and be ready to (break ground).\u201d Another key development is Roman-Christy\u2019s support for a compromise. While she and Nelson a few years ago referred to the farm as an eyesore, Roman-Christy last week said \u201cWe would definitely love to see a co-existence between a library and a farm.\u201d She said the former is a desperately-needed resource for the area \u201cfor our children to have a safe haven to go to, as well as adults who want to have access to computer or to just sit down and read or watch a movie.\u201d But, Roman-Christy added, Green Village Initiative\u2019s operation is also a great learning activity for local youths. \u201cI think it would be a wonderful, wonderful project,\u201d she said. Angerame added that area residents also \u201ccome to our farm and call it a place of therapy.\u201d \u201cWhatever comes out of this is going to be a net positive for the community,\u201d she said.