For many years the city of Denison has touted the intersection of FM 691 and U.S. Highway 75 as its southern gateway to the city. Now, the city of Sherman is eyeing the same area as a new growth corridor along its northern gateway.

The Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission approved four requests related to six properties on the southeast corner of the intersection during its July meeting. The properties, which sit just south of Denison city limits, are across the street from Texoma Medical Center in an area that Denison hopes to make a major medical district.

“We think it is going to become a major corridor running through our northern border,” Sherman Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said.

Growth at the boundary for the two cities started a decade ago when TMC opened its current facility after moving from its original location in north Denison in 2009. This spurred growth in the medical community surrounding the hospital.

Interest in the corner across U.S. Hwy 75 ultimately resulted in the development of Gateway Village, which Denison hopes will become a major commercial hub for the city.

Strauch said the requests that were approved ranged from a gas station to office space likely intended for medical use due to its proximity to the hospital. The requests were not individually discussed by the commission and were approved by the commission as routine items as a part of the consent agenda.

Two separate requests for replats were filed by One Ganesh LTD for 2511 and 6118 Swamy Drive. Documents for the meeting indicated that the applicant intended to use the property commercially, but the documents were not specific on this use.

Another applicant filed a request for a site plan for a new Sunshine Super Center fueling station at the hard corner of the intersection.

The final request, for 2421, 2429 and 2435 Swamy Dr., sought approval for a site plan for three retail shell buildings with a clock tower. Meeting documents said the three buildings would provide nearly 25,000 square feet of commercial space once completed.

Strauch said the retail space is an important aspect of the development as there are not many places to eat close to the hospital.

The city hopes to make the development along that corner cohesive and complimentary to not only what it has on the southwest corner, but also what is being built on Denison's side of the intersection. While the east side will likely skew towards medical due tot he hospital's influence, the 40 acres of developable land on the southwest side likely will be inspired by commercial uses in Gateway Village to the north and the Sherman Town Center to the south.

“It is absolutely a unique dynamic that we have here," Strauch said.