Sherman’s Planning and Zoning Commission recently gave approval for a new Edward Jones office on Lamberth Road.


The commission granted site plan approval for the 2,072-square-foot building that will be located at 701 East Lamberth Rd., on the northeast corner of that road’s intersection with Masters Street. And the commission’s board of adjustments approved a variance to allow a covered parking structure on the rear of the property for the business’ staff.


“It’s basically a typical site plan with the exception that we’re trying to get a covered parking area,” local architect David Baca of David Baca Studio, who represented owner John Mabary before the commission, said. “We only have one row of parking at the front and we want to put one row of parking in the back.”


Documents provided to the commission state the building will have parking for nine cars, with five of those in front of the building and four behind it. The easement was granted because there wasn’t enough room between the building and the property line to be able to get the covered parking at least five feet away from the property line and six feet away from the building, as normally required by city ordinance.


“We’re only four feet (between the building and the covered parking) at the one corner, now if you took an average we’re actually much further than the six feet,” Baca said.


The board unanimously approved the easement, with Director of Development Services Scott Shadden noting the city rarely has requests for easements such as that one.


Mabary said in October that he decided to build the new location on the 0.242-acre property because his current Edward Jones office at 115 West Lamberth Road was starting to get small.


“Our current location has served us well for over 14 years, but we have outgrown it,” Mabary said via email.