Schulman's MBG still a go despite opposition from Denison planning and zoning

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) The Denison Planning and Zoning Committee unanimously denied a request to rezone some land proposed by Mark Schulman for the Schulman's Movie Bowl Grille planned off Crawford Street in Denison.

Back in 1993, the city of Denison made seven acres of land near Crawford Street off U.S. 75 into a "native greenbelt zone." That simply means the city can't build anything on it without approval.

But Mark Schulman requested to use .391 acres of the land for the entrance to his entertainment center. On Tuesday, the planning and zoning committee voted against the rezoning proposal.

"They heard public comment, heard staff's reports on the issue and decided to recommend denial of that zoning request for the applicant," said planning manager Steven Doss.

But that decision was just a recommendation. The city council is ultimately the body to vote on the zoning request in November.

The real estate developer in charge of the 23 acre lot Schulman wants to use for his development insisted he still wants to move forward with the complex.

The Movie Bowl Grille is planned to open in Fall 2018. It'll feature movie theaters, bowling alleys, restaurants and more.

Only four minutes down the highway, another similar complex called HeyDay Entertainment is also planned as part of the Gateway Village development. It'll also have bowling alleys, mini golf, ropes courses, and more, and will be located off of U.S. 75 and F.M. 691.

"The city's excited to have two prospects coming to Denison," said city manager Jud Rex. "That's something we've been recruiting for years: a family venue for the community."

Just last week, it was also announced that a new retail center would be coming to south Sherman off U.S. 75 and F.M. 1417. That's also being headlined by Mark Schulman.

Schulman declined to comment Wednesday. A press conference is being held Thursday, and KXII will be there to update this story.

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