- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford and Baptist Memorial Hospital will share the cost of a noise buffer at the site where Baptist is building a new medical center.

In April, the Oxford Planning Commission denied a request from Baptist officials to build a wooden fence along the new road as a sound buffer to the condominiums. The city and the hospital had been working since on a compromise, which was announced Tuesday.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1mM3phe) instead of a wooden fence, the hospital and city will split the cost to build a decorative, pre-cast concrete wall. Officials say the concrete wall, while more attractive than a wood fence, will also require less maintenance and won’t warp or rot.

The hospital and city will each pay 50 percent of the cost of construction, which is estimated to be about $55,000 to $60,000. The cost of a wood fence was about $35,000 to $45,000 while a brick fence was estimated to cost more than $250,000, City Engineer Bart Robinson said.

The concrete walls will be 8 feet in height and will be finished 9 feet above the road surface.

Baptist also will put noise-mitigating windows on all bedroom windows on the second floor, back walls of the condominiums.

No timeline was given as to when the wall will be constructed.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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