Historic Arlington school site sold to Green Oaks School

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Green Oaks, a Christian-based school for children with Down syndrome and similar intellectual disabilities, has bought one of Arlington’s oldest school properties, the former Booker T. Washington School at 500 Houston St.

Green Oaks School, founded in 2000, will move to the site this fall from its location on Green Oaks Boulevard near Lake Arlington.

The 23,000-square-foot building on 2.1 acres gives Green Oaks School more than five times the space it has in southwest Arlington, said Wayne Burgdorf, principal of Burgdorf Realty Group, who represented the school.

“It will give the school the ability to bring all students and staff under one roof, so that overflow lease space will no longer be needed,” he said.

The building was sold by Mount Olive Baptist Church, which bought it in 1997 for a charter school.

The Booker T. Washington School was the only place where African-American children in Arlington could be educated during segregation, according to the city of Arlington website. It opened in 1954 with 111 students.

In 1965, the school district began desegregation and the school was closed. It was later used as the Veda Knox School for children with special needs.

It earned historical status from the Texas Historical Society and the Arlington Landmark Preservation Commission in 2011.

Harvest homebuilders selected

Highland Homes, David Weekley Homes and Plantation Homes have been selected to build in Harvest, the 1,150-acre master-planned community in the Northlake/Argyle area being developed by Hillwood Properties and Realty Capital.

“Our builders have joined with us in the LiveSmart vision to incorporate a forward-thinking approach to community design, healthy living, conservation, technology and education,” Hillwood Communities President Fred Balda said in a statement.

The Harvest homes will each have a standard bundled home services package with security and technology. Buyers will also have the option of a private vegetable garden.

About 3,000 single-family homes are planned, ranging in price from the $200,000s to $400,000s. Model homes are under construction and should be completed this fall.

SkyWalker buys Wichita Falls shopping center

Arlington-based SkyWalker Property Partners has bought the 22,100-square-foot Wichita Falls Shopping Center in Wichita County.

The property was developed in 2001. SkyWalker bought it out of foreclosure from a community bank. It was 20 percent leased at the time of the recent sale.


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Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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