One of the first things I covered after returning to the Herald Democrat in August 2015 was Sherman’s announcement that it was planning to market a 22-acre tract of land on the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and FM 1417 to attract a commercial development.


That could be a significant deal for the city, so I’ve closely followed every development related to the tract of land since then. That’s included the news that Sherman was planning to relocate the existing Blalock Park Fire Station on that corner to Northgate Drive in the Progress Park industrial area and the recent rejection of two bids for the property.


So when Sherman approved an agreement last week with the owner of Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille for a commercial and retail center development at that same corner, I was intrigued. No one has yet said what the Sherman development will be, but the Denison Planning and Zoning Commission seems to think it will impact the Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille that was announced for their city last month.


On Tuesday, the Denison commission recommended the denial of a request from Schulman’s for a zoning change for a less-than-half-acre strip of land adjacent to the entertainment complex’s development site. And Denison P&Z commission member Matthew Looney said it didn’t look like the development is proceeding.


The Denison entertainment center that was announced includes a 23-acre development site on the northwest corner of the intersection between Crawford Street and U.S. Highway 75. The facility is expected to include 24 bowling lanes, eight movie screens, arcade, laser tag arena and restaurant.


We’ve asked about the Schulman’s location planned for Denison, and have been told the company’s plans have not changed. We’ve also asked what the Schulman’s development in Sherman will be, but haven’t been told. However, Schulman’s has scheduled an announcement for Thursday afternoon, so we’ll have a story up on our website and Facebook as soon as we know what is being built where.



Happy birthday to Louise Jones; Angela Brown, Jason Brown, and Victoria Whitfield, all of Sherman; and Lonette Davidson of Collinsville.


Happy anniversary to Jason and Karen Hannan of Colbert, Oklahoma, 15 years.