DETROIT-Though he’s left the district, former Detroit SchoolsEmergency Manager Robert Bobb has left another legacy, as thedistrict has started its move out of controversial leases atdowntown buildings owned by the Farbman Group. Inlate 2009, Bobb began publicly questioning leases and office condopurchases in four buildings owned by Farbman, though attorneysquickly shut down the public inquiry.

Early this past decade, Farbman bought up a few buildings in thedowntown New Center area, including the Fisher, Albert Kahn,Lothrop Landing and New Center One buildings. The school districtsoon after leased floors in the buildings, and purchased severalfloors in the Fisher for almost $25 million, later adding another$17 million in renovations to the space.

Now, the district said in a statement that it has begun a 60-dayprocess of vacating all the Farbman leased space. The move willconsolidate what is now on 12 floors in four buildings into sevenfloors in the Fisher, and into other currently owned districtspace. “All functions will move to space that DPS owns,” thedistrict said.

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