The former Lebow garment factory at 1500 Barclay St. (“Industrial Arts,” Mobtown Beat, May 12, 2004), vacant for decades, has long been a thorn in the side of city Housing officials. The building’s former owner, New York-based industrialist Abraham Zion, incurred numerous housing code violations for debris, graffiti, and falling chunks of concrete. After a series of lawsuits with the city, the owner has finally agreed to sell. Seawall Development Corp.—the entity behind the renovation of Miller’s Court in Remington and Union Mill in Hampden—is the contract purchaser. Once the building is refurbished, the school system is slated to lease the building for a fashion, architecture, and design middle and high school, to open circa 2012. The bill would put 1500 Barclay under Greenmount West Arts and Entertainment District zoning, and allow for the inclusion of the school.