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Oxford’s Historic Neighborhoods to be Resurveyed

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

Oxford’s five historic districts

Over the next two years, Oxford city planners will work with a historic preservation and architectural historian to resurvey neighborhoods inside the city’s five historic districts.

In August, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved spending $10,000 to enter into a contract with Judith Johnson and Associates to resurvey the South Lamar Historic District first since it’s the biggest district and to prepare an update to the National Register District Nomination for the surveyed area.

The five Historic Districts are the Courthouse Square District, Depot District, Jefferson Madison District, North Lamar District and the South Lamar District. In order to develop historic districts, surveys of the properties are required, which inventory a great deal of information on each property including address, date of construction, historical information, a sketch of building(s), a photograph, a determination of whether it is a contributing resource or not.

The last, and only time, the five districts were surveyed was in 2000. The surveying will take 12 to 24 months to complete all five districts.

Phase 1 includes an intensive survey of the South Lamar District that will examine the tax records, subdivision plat maps, and other historical data relative to recent development of the area. All resources in the district will be inventoried and the pictures will be updated. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by Dec. 15.

Phase 2 of the project will consist of evaluating the surveys, the local district boundaries, and the National Register listing to determine if modifications are needed.

“Staff believes that this district is likely to be reduced in size due to many noncontributing resources in the district that may not be warranted being included,” stated city planners in their report to the Aldermen.

Public meetings will be held to inform residents of the outcome of the survey effort if any modifications to the boundaries are proposed, and the next steps in the process.

The final step of Phase 2 will be to develop an update to the National Register to include any modifications to the boundaries and also to include the updated surveys. This phase should be completed by April 30, 2020, with a presentation to be given to the Mississippi Historic Preservation Professional Review Board at the July 16, 2020 meeting.


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