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Developer Randy Primrose is buying the old Trinity Presbyterian Church on Zang at Fifth with plans to build a three-story apartment complex, and he is seeking a change in the Oak Cliff Gateway plan.

Magnolia on Zang would include two buildings, one fronting Zang with about 40 apartments. The second building would front Elsbeth and have about 30 apartments. The two buildings would connect by a drive with parking and a pool. Primrose also developed the Magnolia at Bishop apartments.

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A preliminary drawing from Primrose. Note the rear drive, which also would house dumpsters.

The City Plan Commission could approve the Oak Cliff Gateway plan Thursday, sending it to City Council. And Primrose will ask for the new zoning to match the needs of the project. In the most current Gateway plan, the Zang building would be allowed, but the Elsbeth building would be unfeasible, Primrose says.

Primrose had expected to present his plan and zoning request at a meeting for neighbors organized by Kidd Springs Central Thursday, but no one showed up.

The Trinity Presbyterian Church, which had a 118-year history in Oak Cliff, closed in 2008 after membership dwindled to about 40 senior adults and offerings weren’t enough to meet costs.

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The highest point in the Oak Cliff Gateway, the Magnolia on Zang would have downtown views.