A new medical office building will soon be added to the free-standing emergency department and DaVita medical office recently constructed in the Sherman Crossroads development on the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and FM 1417.

The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission approved an amended site plan for the 41,056-square-foot medical office building to be located to the north of the facilities currently in the development. The new site plan calls for a two-story medical office building with a canopy north of the Emergency Center of North Texas.

“We’re adding a covered drop off at the front door,” Jim Riley of engineer Brockette/Davis/Drake said of the changes to the site plan. “We’re losing four parking spaces to fit in the covered drop off.”

The commission previously approved the site plan in August and it was subsequently approved by the City Council the following month. In addition to the site plan, the commission approved an amendment Tuesday to the previously approved exception which allowed the building’s parking lot to have 202 parking spaces instead of the required 206 spaces. The amendment approved by the commission knocks that number down to 196 parking spaces.

Riley said the previous plan had the building with 192 regular parking spaces and 10 handicapped spots, but he didn’t say where the six parking spaces to be removed would come from.

The planned medical office building is the second phase of the Sherman Crossroads development. The first phase included the DaVita medical office and the free-standing emergency room, which opened earlier this year. Both of those facilities are on the north side of the recently constructed West Travis Street extension. The extension of Travis Street on the west side of U.S. Highway 75 will go through the Sherman Crossroads development and will ultimately be a four-lane divided roadway that will connect with OB Groner Road at its intersection with FM 1417.

Sherman plans to be done with the construction of West Travis Street by the spring of 2020, several months ahead of the planned opening of the new Sherman High School on the west side of town.

City Manager Robby Hefton told the City Council last month that the city is moving into the fourth phase of the roadway’s construction, which will be the portion from FM 1417 moving east to Moore Street. Once constructed, the Sherman Independent School District’s new high school will be near the northwest corner of the intersection of OB Groner Road and Moore Street.

“Engineering is done on that,” Hefton said of the fourth phase of the project. “We expect to be moving dirt on that in the third quarter of this year. The engineer at the same time was working on connecting from the east to the west, so phases two and three, if you want to look at it that way.”

The Sherman Crossroads developers are currently constructing Crossroads Boulevard, which will run north and south parallel to Hwy. 75 to connect West Travis Street and FM 1417 near the medical facilities in the development.