70 new apartments planned in Oak Cliff Gateway

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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.

Presbyterian view
The highest point in the Oak Cliff Gateway, the Magnolia on Zang would have downtown views.
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  • The right kind of density for this part of Oak Cliff is a compromise. It needs to be whatever it takes to spur redevelopment further out to such places as Wynnewood Shopping Center, to S. Edgefield, to other forgotten special places, and beyond. Can’t stop now that the tremendous investment by the whole of the city of Dallas isn’t even at the middle of the game.

  • Looking forward to seeing your new plans and glad you’re keeping the sanctuary. Will the new design be a taller building than 3 stories?

  • I agree. We love building there, eating there and just hanging there. It’s a cool neighborhood.

  • Oak Cliff is so great. Never lived there but had friends who did and do. Love the cafes and old homes and just the beauty of the landscape. I used to give some speeches about gardening,etc. and also history.

  • We have looked over near there on Ervay. Just haven’t found the right deal yet. We are starting a Lakewood project shortly though.

  • The sanctuary is staying. Looking at converting it to a cool restaurant or similar use. Exploring several options for the site. Unlike some, we love old structures. We have explored many options, but the fact was, the zoning was what was forcing us to look at taking the sanctuary down to make the deal work. Now that it’s been rezoned, we are extremely happy to be able to incorporate it into the project.

  • That didn’t save the church that became a Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Ave. They are building a 20-story apartment bldg on that site.

  • Meeting was Oct. 23 at City Hall ..
    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. – See more at:
    https://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2014/10/70-new-apartments-planned-oak-cliff-gateway/#sthash.szt4k91y.dpuf… Dozens of people from several neighborhoods showed up. Mostly to OPPOSE the ZONE changes in hopes for better protections of the existing neighborhoods.

  • Sad to lose another old structure, but it is happening all over. Just no real way to save church buildings other than maybe converting them into Hard Rock Cafe or Antique stores, or some adventurous wealthy persons who want to live in an old church.

  • How were residents notified of the zoning request meeting? I live a few blocks from Kidd Springs Park and did not see anything. Thanks.

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