The council is considering converting the old school into a community centre, apartments

On Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council members will consider a rezoning application that could move things forward by finding a new use for the former Bowie School building.

The property at 1304 Trout St. is owned by Kenneth Williams and Dr. Cintrea Grace-Williams. They propose to convert the old primary school into a community center and residential apartments.

Plans call for the creation of 15 homes and spaces to support two nonprofits, including 619Productions and the William Masters School of Theology.

According to the proposal, the community center would also provide support spaces for other nonprofit and community outreach programs, including a food pantry, community rooms, commercial kitchen and auditorium. The second phase would see the construction of 86 additional homes on the undeveloped portions of the seven-acre property.

In an unrelated zoning proposal, councilors will consider rezoning the 1811 Central Freeway to accommodate a tractor-trailer sales and service dealership.

In other matters, council members will allocate funds from the city’s portion of the American Rescue Plan Act, including:

Helen Farabee Center – $100,000

Fire Station Lockers – $54,953

Fire Department Protective Equipment – $142,050

Jill E. Washington