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June 30, 2011

Commission OKs rezoning for old Phillips dormitory

ENID — Clay Hall is ready to be sold and turned into senior apartments after Enid city commissioners approved rezoning during a special meeting Thursday.

Commissioners approved a land use change, held a public hearing and approved the rezoning for the former Phillips University dormitory. Northern Oklahoma College Regent Lynn Smith was at the meeting to tell the commissioners about plans for the building, which is owned by NOC.

Smith said Clay Hall was closed in 1989 by Phillips University after decades of use as a dormitory. NOC plans to sell the building to a company that will use tax credits to build affordable apartments for seniors age 62 and over. The land to be sold covers about two acres.

Smith said since the building was closed it has been a frequent vandalism target.

Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said the building will be used as multi-family residential and will not impact the land use around it. All infrastructure is in place, he said, and traffic will not be a problem.

Rezoning changes the building from special use to R-7 multi-family residential.

Smith said the cost to replace Clay Hall has been estimated at $1.7 million. NOC has no plans for use of the building. Money from the sale of the building will go to repair of other buildings on the campus, Smith said.

The special meeting was held because the application for tax credits had to be done before the city commission will meet again in regular session. The building will have to be totally redone by the purchaser, including all electrical, plumbing and mechanical work. Clay Hall has four floors, including a basement, which was used as a laundry area and cafeteria when it was a dormitory. Smith said the ground, second and third floors will be remodeled into apartments. The basement could be used as a meeting room for residents and as a laundry. It also must be equipped with an elevator.

Smith said the apartments will be listed as affordable, with rent about $400 per month.

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