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Harrison development approved again

A proposed development for the southeast corner off the downtown Square got a nod of approval from the Oxford Planning Commission for the second time Monday night.

The development, dubbed 1200 Harrison, was proposed in July 2014 that included a half-acre of land off Harrison Avenue. The development included the building now occupied by the popular bar and restaurant, Frank and Marlee’s and owned by the Tidwell family. However, that property was not included in the new request submitted Monday.

“There’s a difference of opinions that has not been resolved, so we have removed the Tidwell property from our plans and we are moving forward,” said architect Cory Alger, representing It’s Time Oxford LLC, the developer of 1200 Harrison.

Most site plans and special exceptions come with a requirement that they are only valid for 12 to 18 months and only on the approved site plan.

Since no construction has begun on the site, and the site plan has changed slightly, the developers needed to reapply for the special exception they were granted more than a year ago to allow residential in a commercially-zoned area since the development will be mixed use, with commercial and office space on the bottom and about 20 condominium on the top two floors with a total of 39 bedrooms. The development will have an underground parking area containing 28 parking spaces. The proposed height of the building is 45 feet.

The commission approved the special exception and the site plan for the development.