Officials with the city of Denison confirmed that the former Texoma Medical Center Complex and the neighboring Morrison Medical Office building are currently under contract for demolition. This comes eight years after the hospital left its location at Memorial Drive and moved to its current location along U.S. Highway 75 and FM 1417.
Despite the impending demolition, Denison Development Alliance President Tony Kaai said there might still be a future for the former hospital complex.
“I guess there is still a long shot at it being redeveloped, but it is still very much a long shot,” he said.
The hospital was first founded in the mid 1960s and the original location remained in service until 2009. The medical office addition was completed in the mid 1990s. As part of its purchase by Universal Health Services in 2007, the construction of a new facility was required. The current facility was completed two years later.
Calls and emails to Universal Health Services were not immediately returned Friday.
Kaai said as word of the impending demolition got out, he received calls from two developers who expressed interest in the location for redevelopment. Kaai noted that the DDA has had difficulty in previous attempts to redevelop the facility and the office building due to requirements and restrictions placed on the property by UHS.
As a part of these restrictions, Kaai said any development at the site would not be allowed for purposes that would compete with TMC and UHS. As such, it would not be possible to use it for most medical uses, Kaai said.
With that in mind, Kaai said the uses for the building are limited, but it could be used as back offices or senior housing.
Denison Planning and Zoning Manager Steven Doss said the site is currently zoned as office as a part of the Lifesearch Addition. Under that zoning, the site could be used as many uses but would be limited from many retail uses.
Doss said the notable uses for office zoning include some residential uses and many office-type developments.
“If it were to be demolished, I think the best use would be some kind of housing,” Kaai said. “From single family, multi-family or some combination of both.”
If the demolition moves forward, Kaai said the first step would be to complete asbestos abatement at the site. Kaai said that crews have already put fencing around the site in preparation for the abatement. Kaai said the abatement would take about three to four months with the full-scale demolition taking about the same amount of time.