Site plan for Sherman Brookshire’s approved

The Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for a new Brookshire’s Food, Pharmacy and Fueling Station during their regular meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall.

The company wanted to be able to be in accordance with all city requirements before purchasing the property at 1125 N. FM 1417, which is on the southeast corner of the intersection of FM 1417 and Washington Street, so the Board of Adjustments also considered three exceptions for the business’ construction.

“I appreciate your time and your consideration of our requests,” Brookshire’s architect Jim Francher said. “I apologize that they are numerous, but it’s better to clear these things up before we buy the property.”

The Board of Commissions granted three exceptions for the business. The first exception will allow Brookshire’s to have a 448 square foot wall sign instead of the 300 square feet normally required. The second exception will allow for a monument-style sign that will be 12 feet high and 128 square feet, which exceeds the normally permitted 65 square foot sign. The final exception will allow for a simulated Stucco finish on the east side of the building, as well as parts of the north and south sides, instead of the required masonry.

“Out of respect to the community and city ordinance and procedure, we want to do what’s best because we’re going to be business partners,” Francher said. “We’re not just going to build this and run. We’ve been in business for 84 years and we plan to be around for a while.”

The 42,240 square foot grocery store will primarily be a brick/stone veneer and will have a parking lot with 214 spaces for vehicles.

The Commission denied a request for a zone change for a convenience store and laundry mat at 927 and 929 W. Birge St. after being presented with a petition against the change signed by a number of neighborhood residents. The building had previously been used for those purposes against zoning regulations and is zoned as an one family residential district.

“The primary concern is we have a building here constructed that’s been used as a business in the past and it almost feels like it’s been grandfathered as a commercial zone although it’s in a residential neighborhood and directly affects several neighbors that are adjacent to the property and voiced their concern,” Commission Vice Chairman Joe Gilbert said of the denial.

Site plan approval was granted for a Red River Auto Group used car dealership at 1804 N. Hwy. 75. The dealership also plans to provide service, tire sales and light mechanical work for customers.

A specific use permit was granted, along with site plan approval, to allow a used automobile sales business at 901 E. Pecan St.

The P&Z Commission also approved the site plan for a 10,000 square foot sanctuary, with a 1,128 square foot covered entrance driveway, at the Sherman Church of the Nazarene, 601 N. FM 1417. A covered walkway will also be added to connect the new sanctuary to the church’s existing building. Plans call for the sanctuary to have 200 to 250 seats and 114 parking spaces, once completed.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was given site plan approval for a covered canopy for outdoor seating at its location, 1707 Texoma Pkwy.

The Board of Adjustments approved an exception for an eight foot privacy fence in the side yard of a home in the 1800 block of Alpine Drive.

The Board also renewed temporary use permits for a haunted house at 1400 W. Taylor St. and a snow cone stand at 1330 W. Taylor St. The “haunted slaughterhouse” will be open from Sept. 20 through Oct. 31 of this year and the snow cone stand will be in operation from May to September.