- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford Board of Aldermen has reversed a decision by the local Historic Preservation Commission to allow the demolition of a cabin and three other outbuildings on the historic Shaw property.

The Historic Preservation Commission’s 5-2 decision from last week would have allowed the destruction of a cabin and other outbuildings sharing the property with the Shaw House, a deteriorating home built before the Civil War.

The board of aldermen voted 7-0 Tuesday to reverse the decision, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1gGH42f).

The Shaw house was built by brick maker Dave Kennedy and has been in the Shaw family since 1929. It has seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and has more than 6,500 square feet of living space. The house and property were a working farm in the city of Oxford when it was first constructed in 1848.

Louisiana-based Brian Development had proposed buying the property, restoring the house and building from 12 to 18 townhouses and free-standing condominiums on the remainder of the property.

Developer Sid Brian asked to demolish the outbuildings to make room for a condominium development on five acres surrounding the Shaw house.

Brian’s attorney, George Haymans, told aldermen that if the developer could not raze the outbuildings, plans for development would stall.

“Ultimately, the property is tied up, and the (Shaw house) will not be restored,” he said.

The Wheeler family, whose home adjoins the Shaw property, appealed the preservation commission’s decision to the board of aldermen.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com