A Sherman auto repair business may soon have approval to expand its Sherman location with a new building.

The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission recently granted initial approval for a specific use permit for Sherman Collision Repair for the construction of a new 3,600-square-foot building for auto service.

The request will now be forwarded to the Sherman City Council, who will consider it during a meeting in April, city officials said. Representatives for the business, located at 1317 S. Sam Rayburn Fwy. said the approval would allow it more space to conduct repairs and expand the business.

“They are wanting to build a new building at the rear of the property,” Terry Moore, representing Sherman Collision Repair, said during the commission meeting.

Moore said the new building would be placed near the rear of the property along Austin Avenue. Plans for the building feature metal construction and five overhead bay doors to allow vehicles into the structure. In addition to the specific use permit, the applicants also requested variances for the metal construction and doors from the zoning board.

Moore said the building will add additional capacity to the business and also provide additional space for general storage and equipment. Through the addition of more space, Moore said the business could expand with up to four new employees.

Moore noted the building would not be used for painting, which is conducted in a dedicated booth, and would instead be used for general service.

The request for variance to allow for metal construction was approved by the commission’s board of adjustments with a one-year time limit to install the proper siding on the building.

The commission also approved the variance for the overhead doors, with commission member Shawn Davis motioning that this would be limited to the doors that the applicant previously showed him. Davis then clarified what these door would be like by describing them as “glass-panel aluminum doors.”