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Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission

Building off Square to come down

The Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission approved several requests for a Certificate of Appropriateness from new businesses looking to set up shop on and around the Square. Included in the requests, was a COA for the demolition of Frank and Marlee’s that will move to a new building after its completed on the same site it’s located now. Other approvals came for Gus’s Fried Chicken and Mesquite Chop House. (June 3, 2014, Page 1, 2)

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    Aldermen seeks change to preservation code

    Alderman Jay Hughes asked the Courthouse Square  Historic Preservation Commission to support a change to city code that would require developers seeking to demolish a building and replace it with green space to commit to the landscape plan for four years. (May 6, 2014, Page 1)

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      New wine bar gets sign approval

      The owner of a new wine bar planned for the former Emileigh’s Kitchen location on the Square jumped his first hurdle toward opening after receiving approval for signs during the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission meeting Monday. (March 4, 2014, Page 3)

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        Square parking meters reviewed

        The Courthouse Square Preservation Commission reviewed proposed meters that could be seen around the Square if leaders chose to go with a paid parking system. Commissioners also reviewed new plans from Hotel Oxford and while admitted they were better, tabled the COA approval to allow time for a work session to work out details of the newest design. (January 7, 2014, Page 1)

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          New hotels get mixed reaction

          The Courthouse Square Preservation Commission approved plans for The Chancellor House hotel while denying revisions to Hotel Oxford, formally the Downtown Inn that was originally approved last year. (December 4, 2013, Page 1, 14)

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            New Square hotel nixed

            The Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission denied a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for The Chancellor’s Home hotel on the corner of South Lamar and University Avenue. (November 5, 2013, Page 1, 16)

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              New Square parking lot OK’d

              The Courthouse Square Preservation Commission approved plans to demolish a part of a building, known as the old Belk shop, to make room for more parking in the new lot behind the Oxford University Club as well as the landscape and site plan that is expected to provide about 100 new parking spaces. (January 8, 2013, Page 1)

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                Pita Pit sign gets cool reception

                Signs for a new food franchise on the Square were approved Monday by the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission 4 to 1. The commission grudgingly approved the signs for Pita Pit, despite their obvious dislike of the colors and modern look. (February 7, 2012, Page 3)

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                  Old home near Square to be moved

                  Although already approved, the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission asked for Capomazzo Construction to return before the board with the plan to move the 100-year-old house, formerly Andy’s Steakhouse, from Jefferson Avenue to Brittany Woods. The move is part of a two-phase plan to construct a new hotel across the street and then create private parking on the site of the current historic home. (June 9, 2010, Page 2)

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                    Hotel project moves forward

                    Despite ongoing dissent from many who live in the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood and other city residents, both downtown historic commissions approved a request for a new hotel and parking lot near the Square. The Historic Preservation Commission voted 5-4 on favor of the new hotel. The Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the parking lot across the street. (May 13, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)

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