The former site of the American Red Cross in Denison could soon be home to a daycare center in the near future.


The building, located at 2527 FM 691, was recently an action item for the Denison Planning and Zoning Commission at it’s regular meeting July 30. The commission approved a measure to change the zoning from single family to commercial to allow a new business to occupy the space.


Drue Landry, the owner of the building, said he saw an opportunity to turn it into something new once the Red Cross vacated the building.


The building was already operating as non-conforming use because the whole time as it was zoned for residential. Landry wants to make sure the building was zoned properly before he shops it for a new tenant.


Landry has a tenant who is looking at the building but declined to give specifics on who it is. Landry said the business has an existing operation in Sherman and described it as a daycare, school-type facility that will be addressing a need that exists in that area.


“We love the property,” Landry said. “We did some significant cosmetic renovations when we purchased it at the beginning of the year. It is in great shape, in a great location and we’re excited about it.”


More details will be available once the city council formally approves the zoning change at it’s Aug. 19 meeting, he continued. At that point, the lease available to the new tenant who will be ready to reveal their plans to the public.


“It is a great location for expansion in that area,” Landry said. “The city of Denison is excited to have a property that is being used in a productive manner.”


While he would not confirm any details Landry did say the space will not be used for retail.


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