Oxford development authority, City Council OK Commons changes
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
Nov 20, 2012 | 4760 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Oxford City Council has approved land use changes that will shift the property line of a planned parking lot at Oxford Commons and deeds a road at that location to the city.

Eric Brewer with WR Oxford, the company developing the retail complex, asked the council and the Oxford Commercial Development Authority to approve changes to the property located at the retail complex. He made the request at a CDA meeting the council attended; the CDA approved the request and the council did likewise when it reconvened for its own meeting.

One change deeds the road Commons Way to the City of Oxford. The other change makes a slight, 20-foot shift of the property line that divides two lots located at the retail complex, one being the future site of the bakery and café chain Panera Bread, the other expected to be occupied by a yet-to-be announced business.

That business is still in the process of purchasing the location, said CDA Chairman Dwight Rice.

The engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood received the green light from the City Council Monday to begin working on a project to install a turn lane at the intersection of Leon Smith Parkway and Friendship Road. The council agreed in an October meeting to spend $127,424 on the turn lane, which city officials said is needed to make the intersection safer.

In yet another area of Oxford construction, materials testing will soon be done for work planned at Oxford Lake. The council approved an agreement with Terracon Construction to complete the tests on materials that could be used to build a retaining wall at the lake.

In August the council agreed to spend nearly $3 million to replace the worn, wooden retaining wall at the lake with a synthetic sheet wall and to build a large water fountain and several pavilions around the lake.

Soil testing will also be getting under way at the possible site of a new fire station in Bynum, after the council agreed to enter into a contract Monday with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to complete the testing. The proposed site of the station is on Alabama 202, land that was donated by the local company Kronospan, which operates a wood panel products and laminate flooring manufacturing facility on 460 acres next to the proposed site.

The city’s garbage service, Allied Waste, will be closed for the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, said Council President Steven Waits. Allied Waste will run one day behind, said Waits, so garbage pickup routes planned for Thanksgiving day on Thursday will run on Friday, and Friday’s route will run on Saturday, Waits said.

The next Oxford Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers at Oxford City Hall.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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