Trinity Presbyterian Church

Groundwork began recently on an apartment development surrounding the 66-year-old Trinity Presbyterian Church on Zang between Fifth and Sixth.

Magnolia Property Co., which also built the Magnolia at Bishop Arts apartment buildings, is planning a 3.5-story building with 50 apartments facing Sixth, where there now is a streetcar stop.

The church will be renovated to include a 3,000-square-foot restaurant space, 2,500 square feet of office space and possibly residential units. The complex will have 76 parking spaces.

Magnolia initially had planned to to tear down the church and build 70 new apartments and a swimming pool, but the Oak Cliff Gateway zoning, approved last year, encourages preserving certain old structures, including this church, which closed in 2008.