Historic church property will go for sale instead of demolition

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS (KTRE)- The historic Zion Hill Baptist Church has been authorized to be sold in a public auction rather than have it demolished to expand the Oak Grove Cemetery.

It has been an on-going controversy between Nacogdoches historians and city leaders whether or not to bulldoze a house adjacent to the Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Historians say the house is significant because Zion Hill's pastor used to live there.

In Tuesday night's Nacogdoches City Council meeting the decision was brought about to have city staff commission a development of comprehension pland for the Zion Hill Historic District.

It was also decided that the property at 720 Bodarc Street is designated as surplus city property and it will be sold at a public auction. The city manager says this will give buyer the opportunity restore the property if they wish. The city feels the site will cost too much to restore.