Office of Real Estate

The Detroit Public Schools Real Estate Department handles the purchasing, leasing, and property management functions for properties both owned and rented by the district. The district has been leasing and selling property since 2005 and currently has over 100 properties on the market, listed below. Since March 2009, Detroit Public Schools has generated more than $12 Million from the sale of vacant school properties and annual lease revenue.

Our mission: Detroit Public Schools is committed to ensuring a high-quality school for every student—a school where all students meet or exceed grade-level expectations and graduate from high school prepared for college, career and life. We are accountable for using existing resources more effectively to support excellence in the classroom and progress toward academic goals.

As part of our program to effectively manage resources, we manage all of our closed buildings to minimize cost and maximize revenues.

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Property List

A property list can be viewed below, picked up at the District’s Real Estate office located at 1601 Farnsworth, Building C, Detroit, MI 48211, or by emailing Felicia Venable, Acting Executive Director, Operations, Detroit Public Schools. You may also call the Real Estate Department at (313) 873-6532.

Developers wanted!

Please direct any questions and interest in available properties to Felicia Venable, Acting Executive Director, Operations, Detroit Public Schools.

Best Practice Examples for Adaptive Re-uses of School Buildings

DPS Developers Conference Presentations

Offer submissions

Email all requests to Felicia Venable. Please review the lists below, and attach all documents relevant to your request to the email.

For property viewing


New developers: Learn more!

Interested in a land contract? Learn more!

 Need to know how to acquire a DPS property? Learn more!


DPS Properties for Sale and Lease

Map of Properties

# Property Type Property Sites Address Location Main Cross Streets Site Acres Status Price Bldg (GSF) Year Built
View as a Google Spreadsheet

* Principals Only
* Buyer should verifiy all acreage and square footage
All offers will be considerd
All data subject to verification