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The Academic The preservation of the structure and several features of the site were included in the zoning ordinance.

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DALLAS—Located just north of downtown Dallas, the multifamily development, The Academic, will repurpose the site and portions of the former Dallas Independent School District/DISD administration building. Leon Capital Group has broken ground on the project located north of downtown at 3700 Ross Ave.

The preservation of the structure and several features of the site were included in the zoning ordinance, the first of its kind in Dallas, resulting in residential living along with historical architecture. Leon worked closely with the Landmark Commission to identify what historically relevant aspects of the 70-year-old building could be saved, and Leon preserved 16,000 square feet of space including the two-story main building, several large oak trees and key features of the former DISD campus. Additionally, the building’s main entrance and facade will be incorporated into The Academic’s design.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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