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FORT WORTH A controversial location for a new Fort Worth school is moving ahead.

On a 3-2 vote Tuesday morning, Tarrant County Commissioners approved selling an old downtown building to the Fort Worth ISD for about $4.5 million.

The building off East 8th Street will serve as the new home of the Young Women's Leadership Academy.

But some commissioners like Judge Glen Whitley had expressed serious concerns about the downtown location because it is just a stone's throw away from the city's Intermodal Transportation Center.

There are concerns about whether certain bus riders like prison parolees would still be allowed in the area. For example, sex offenders typically aren't allowed within 500 to 1,000 feet of schools.

"This is going to prevent certain individuals who have restrictions about how close they can get to schools, from coming in and utilizing the facility," Whitley said Tuesday.

But the school district is excited about the location, saying it has just the type of space it needs for expansion, and that it will help integrate the school into downtown.

"This allows our students to have the room they need to grow," said principal Mia Hall.

Security concerns will be addressed, she added.

The county was also mulling over another offer for the building from a private company.

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