Oxford Commercial Development Authority moves projects along
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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OXFORD – A road that connects Boiling Springs Road to Leon Smith Parkway will become property of the state, in the event that Oxford stops using it.

Oxford’s Commercial Development Authority board members agreed at a Monday meeting to deed Commons Way, which runs next to Publix and connects Leon Smith Parkway to Boiling Springs Road, to the Alabama Department of Transportation if the city stops using the road.

“The state is simply controlling and maintaining its access from Leon Smith to Boiling Springs,” said city attorney Dwight Rice.

The CDA is an independent board appointed by the council that uses a combination of taxpayer money, borrowed money and funds from the sale of public property to help entice the development of commercial properties.

The board also approved an easement to allow Alabama Power to install electrical supply lines to the Sam’s Club store under construction at the Oxford Exchange.

Two power lines are needed on the back side of the property to supply electricity to the membership-only retail store, Rice said. The small parcel of land behind Sam’s Club is not of much value for commercial development, he said. Sam’s Club is scheduled to open this summer.

The easement will be “harmless to any future development, and necessary for Sam’s,” Rice said.

In a separate project, ground has been cleared next to the Bojangles’ restaurant at the intersection of Quintard Drive and Hamric Drive, but it’s not clear what business will open there.

Munford-based Holmes Properties is developing the site where Bojangles’ recently opened and an Aldi grocery store is being built, but Oxford’s city project manager Fred Denney said no business has made definite plans to locate on the last site of the three-plot project.

“We’re not exactly sure who the tenant is going to be,” Denney said. “We don’t know exactly when that’s coming.”

The CDA agreed in May to pay $2.3 million for grading and installation of water and sewer lines at the site, which includes the Bojangles’ and Aldi properties.

In other business, the board:

Agreed to allow the Oxford city clerk to archive and make available to the public at City Hall the CDA’s meeting minutes. Board meeting minutes, which are a matter of public record, were previously kept at the law office of Rice, Rice and Smith. Those older minutes will be taken to city hall as well, Rice said.

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

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