The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce plans to renovate this 4,000-square-foot former medical office building at 1001 N. Bishop, which it has under contract, for its own offices, plus other office space to lease. That is, if they can get it rezoned.

Even though it was built as a medical office building in 1965, “pure office” is not a use that is allowed under the Bishop-Davis zoning, chamber president Bob Stimson says.

“Office is allowed only in a residential/office mixed use,” he says. “You’ve got several buildings there that have flat roofs, and they’re offices, but under the zoning, you can’t use them as office.”

About 350 acres surrounding Bishop and Davis were rezoned in 2010. The original rezoning plan allowed office, but by the time it was approved, that had been changed, Stimson says.

The chamber’s case for a zoning variance goes before the City Plan Commission Thursday.