About The Developer
DL3 Realty, LP is the lead developer for Englewood Square. Leon I. Walker, manager of the real estate investment partnership DL3 Realty L.P., is driven by a mission to develop commercial real estate projects which help to improve and sustain neighborhood life in urban communities. For the past 12 years, he has served as the managing partner of DL3 Realty, LP, a Chicago real estate investment partnership that owns and manages a diverse commercial real estate portfolio including grocery retail centers, medical office buildings and educational facilities. In 2009, DL3 received a LISC award for The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project. In 2012, DL3 was selected to be the Chicago area developer for “Save-A-Lot Market”, a new grocery format that adds expanded produce and fresh cut meat to the traditional Save-A-Lot food store. DL3 also works with other national grocery retailers to build stores in communities of high need. DL3 has a pipeline of five Save-A-Lot Market grocery stores.
Mr. Walker is passionate about projects that improve the health and education options in Chicago’s under served communities. In 2012, Mr. Walker was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a commissioner on the Roseland Community Medical District. He also continues to conduct site searches for large health care providers such as Advocate and DaVita, and he is working with several charter and alternative school operators to acquire and finance school buildings. In addition, Mr. Walker is President of the Children’s Developmental Institute, which provides child care services to over 400 families on Chicago’s south side.
Mr. Walker brings a diverse body of professional experience, training, and education to his role as one of Chicago’s most active community developers. At Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Los Angeles, he represented Fortune 500 clients in the leasing and development of over one million square feet of office space. Prior to JLL, he worked at Citicorp Securities in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group structuring market debt securities for REITs with market capitalizations in excess of $500 million. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Law School and Booth Graduate School of Business, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Business. He is an avid reader, accomplished bass player and experienced traveler; serves on numerous community boards including the Far South CDC, DuSable Museum and University of Chicago Court Theatre. Mr. Walker resides in Chicago’s historic Kenwood neighborhood with his wife and two children.
Learn more about DL3 at dl3realty.com
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives is a community-based non-profit development group that is partnering with DL3 to redevelop Englewood Square and the larger 13 acre parcel at 63rd and Halsted.
Learn more about Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives at cnigroup.org