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New Residential Developments coming to North Lamar Boulevard

Oxonians will soon be seeing more housing developments pop up along North Lamar Boulevard.

The City of Oxford Planning Commission approved three new site plans for residential developments on North Lamar Boulevard, with the potential for more, during its meeting on Monday night.

The first project will be Savannah Square, which will be located on the east side of North Lamar Boulevard, between Pleasant Drive and Ivy Road and behind Local Color. Savannah Square will be located on a 10-acre parcel of land along the east side of North Lamar, just north of Williams Avenue. The two-building structure will contain 42 units and 71 bed spaces, with another addition on the first floor – commercial space.

“In the two commercial buildings, it’s retail and office space, and then residential above. We’re encouraging a lot of that where we can,” city planner Judy Daniel said. “We’re trying to move away from one-story commercial buildings, because we’d like to see more infill and that’s one way to do it.”

Daniel said the Savannah Square project will be finished rather quickly compared to most structures, and will provide room for more businesses to open up storefronts along North Lamar Boulevard.

The second site plan approved by the city planning commission is the mansion flats, which are part of The Lamar, Phase Two. The site plan calls for seven five-unit structures, designed for upscale single-family uses.

“The mansion flat is a housing type that looks sort of like a large home, or a midsize sorority house or something like that,” Daniel said. “The residual portion of lot one has room for additional structures, which are not being proposed at this time.

Each three-story structure will have two one-bedroom units on the first floor, two units with two bedrooms on the second level and one unit with three bedrooms on the third level.

The mansion flats and the townhomes in The Lamar are part of a multi-phase traditional neighborhood development, which Daniel said will take years to fully complete.

While Daniel said the city is looking forward to more growth, she admitted the changes will not happen overnight.

“There’s a lot going on, but it’s not going to happen immediately. It is a logical extension of growth in the city,” she said. “You’ve had all the changes around the Midtown Shopping Center, so that’ll fuel something else.”