Council set to consider rezoning of Lon Morris

Published on Sunday, 6 October 2013 22:59 - Written by KELLY GOOCH kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Plans are being proposed for the former Lon Morris College campus.

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to consider potential zoning changes for parts of the property, which were auctioned off after the school went bankrupt. Jacksonville ISD was a high bidder in the auction as was local office supply company 11x17 Inc., which bid on most of the school’s academic buildings, the chapel and dormitories, according to a news release.

Jack Webb, with 11x17 Inc., said he is asking to rezone areas of the former college to be used for office space.

The plan, he said, is to make the spaces available for a business complex.

Webb said he also is requesting a special use permit for the Peeples building so space there can be used for meetings and special events. That would allow a space for city meetings or possibly for other companies that need large meeting rooms, he said.

Tuesday’s council meeting is slated to begin at 6 p.m. in the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St.

In the meantime, Webb said, the former Lon Morris chapel, which already was rezoned earlier this year, will be a wedding chapel and is available for bookings for 2014.

For more information about reserving the chapel, call 903-541-0100.