There are signs of renewed life in the local construction industry. For the city of Oxford, February saw 103 permits pulled for new construction and renovation projects totaling about $1.6 million in new investment and $13,551 in permit fees. This compares to January when 74 permits were pulled for about $1.2 million in new investment and $8,128 in permit fees.
(March 19, 2010, Page 1A)
The city has approved a design builder, Heritage Development, for the new Oxford Animal Shelter. The preliminary design has been drafted, and final design plans will be created within 30 days. Groundbreaking should occur by May 1. (March 18, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford is set to make needed repairs to Cedar Oaks, but the historic home is not yet property of the city. The hold up is in obtaining the last seven covenant agreements needed from property owners near the house. Due to the delay, the Board of Aldermen postponed a vote on providing funds to the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday. (March 18, 2010, Page 1)
If Google wants to bring the Internet to everyone in a community, the city of Oxford would like to roll out the welcome mat for them. The Oxford Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to have Stewart Rutledge lead the community’s effort to convince Google to select Oxford as one of the company’s test sites for a new ultra-high speed broadband network.
(March 17, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved up to $50,000 to purchase materials to help solve flooding issues on Chandler Avenue after a storm brought two inches of rain to Oxford last Wednesday and caused damage to the area.
(March 17, 2010, Page 1A)
Taking advantage of upcoming events, the Oxford Pathways Commission hopes to get feedback from the community about the upcoming phase three of the Pathways project.
The commission will present the ideas to the community during Green Week on April 20, which is being celebrated as Transportation Day, and on City Day on April 23.
Then a public hearing will be held to discuss phase three plans on the kickoff of Bike Week on May 17 at 5 p.m. in Oxford City Hall.
(March 16, 2010, Page 2A)
The city is looking to alleviate flooding problems after severe rains on Wednesday night brought water into city homes and apartments. Laurel Grove Apartments and homes on Chandler Avenue both saw debris buildup and flooding in their yards and homes. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Planning Commission approved Monday a change in the city’s sign regulations that could soon lead to fewer neon signs and banners on the Square, if the change is approved by the Oxford Board of Aldermen.
(March 10, 2010, Page 1)
A change in the zoning for the area near Woodlawn subdivision was finally approved by the Oxford Planning Commission after months of discussion. The deal includes a land trade between the city and property owner in order to create a community park adjacent to the subdivision. The zoning changes — which must still be OK’d by the Oxford Board of Aldermen — affect about 44 acres of land around what would become West Oxford Loop Extended.
(March 9, 2010, Page 1)
The empty gas station at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and University Avenue is set to be demolished after remaining empty for a couple of years. In its place will be a Checkers fast-food restaurant. The demolition request and site plan were approved by the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday. (March 4, 2010, Page 2)