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SANDY OKS REZONE TO TURN SCHOOL INTO RETAIL CENTER

The City Council on Tuesday approved a special zone that will allow a San Francisco developer to convert the old Jordan High School building into an entertainment-themed retail center.

The council voted 5-2 in favor of rezoning the property as a special district, allowing SNK Realty Group to build a 200,000-square-foot retail center, office buildings and a housing project on the 22-acre site.SNK officials said they now plan to build a $25 million theater complex with 14 movie screens as the centerpiece of the development.

SNK is buying the building and land, at 9351 S. State, from the Jordan School District for $4 million. It has agreed to leave the historic facade of the 82-year-old building intact.

The project is scheduled to be completed by next summer.