The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission paved the way Tuesday for the construction of a new 59,900-square-foot assisted living facility when it approved a site plan for Restoration Senior Living of Denison. The new facility was first discussed in February when developers broke ground on Woodlands Trail, east of Texoma Medical Center.


“We see a need and shortage for assisted living for seniors that need a little extra help as well as those who need memory care,” Tylere Brennan, representing Investcor LLC, said. “There is a synergy with the Texoma Medical Center and the growing population in the Sherman-Denison area, the Texoma area.”


When initially discussed, developers said the facility would feature 88 residential rooms and offer assisted and frail senior living, memory care, hospice care and rehabilitative therapy. Representatives at the time said the Denison facility would be the first in the state to offer all those services at the same location.


For the city, the project represents another step toward developing the eastern side of the U.S. Highway 75 and FM 691 intersection into a health-care corridor.


“I think this is another building block in our economic development and the building of our health-care industry,” City Manager Jud Rex said following February’s groundbreaking ceremony.


Work and development on the project first started in 2008, however it wasn’t until recently that developers felt that growth was strong enough to support the development. Land for the project was purchased in early 2016, with capital for the project acquired in December.


On Tuesday, Brennan said current plans for the facility are to have beds for 93 residents with 12 rooms dedicated to memory care.


As part of the site plan process, the developers for the project requested two variances related to the city’s highway oriented overlay district requirements along U.S. Highway 75 and a third requirement related to the Gateway Village planned development district.


The city’s overlay district requires developments along the highway have cross access to neighboring properties to allow for fluid movement along the corridor. However, in meeting documents, city staff said traffic from the development is expected to be minimal and, as Woodslands Trail is a cul-de-sac, the traffic impact is expected to be minimal.


A second variance allowed for shallower pitch to the building’s roof line. Brennan said this was designed to match other neighboring developments.


The final variance allowed for an alternative landscaping plan for the development. Under the requirements of the planned development district, the project would be required to include one tree for every 40 feet of street right of way. However, the plan submitted by developers exceeds those requirements.


“You will notice the quality is much higher than we would get with street trees, so we recommend approval of the variance,” Denison Development Review Coordinator Gracie Loyd said.


Moving forward, Brennan said he expected to pull building permits with the city within the next week, with construction expected to follow within the next three weeks. The full construction phase is expected to take about 15 months, he said.