Thursday, June 26, 2014

East Dallas church being redeveloped into new prep school


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The former St. Luke Methodist Church campus has been sold to Reconciliation Academy, which plans to redevelop the 96,000-square-foot church into a preparatory school.

Terms of the deal for 6211 E. Grand Avenue were undisclosed.

"We had several developers interested in tearing down the church and building either apartments or townhomes, but the neighborhood would not support it," said Lane Kommer, an associate in Henry S. Miller Brokerage's land division, in a written statement. "It really came down to finding the right user."

That new property owner was found in Reconciliation Academy, who plans to retain the building's architectural details and redevelop it with a new community-centric purpose. And the new campus gives the academy room to grow, said Leonard Brannon, CEO and superintendent of Reconciliation Academy.

"The first year we are doubling our student population and offering classes from prekindergarten to fifth grade," Brannon said, in a written statement. "The future is bright for CityScape. We predict CityScape will serve more than 700 children and offer classes up to the ninth grade."
The academy plans to open the new school, which is known as CityScape East Grand Preparatory, in August.

Reconciliation Academy plans to remodel all four floors of the building and move walls to make room for classrooms and offices. The school will convert the church's existing auditorium into a multipurpose room for gym and auditorium uses. The initial renovation will total 43,000 square feet.

The school recently began enrolling for the 2014-15 school year.

Candace Carlisle- Dallas Business Journal