- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford Planning Commission and city’s Historic Preservation Commission are expected to look Monday at plans to renovate the historic Shaw house and develop the five acres surrounding the home.

Some people aren’t happy with plans previewed last month by Brian Development LLC of Baton Rouge, La.

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. Behind the home are three structures - a smokehouse, a log cabin and a barn. Plans for the development include the demolition of the free standing structures that were built close to the time the home was built.

The Oxford Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1iA4toK) that while developer Sid Brian said the Shaw house itself would be renovate, the company also has plans to build 11 stand-alone homes and seven townhouses on the property.

“Our commission is concerned with the whole project, but our main concern is the Shaw house,” said HPC chairman Brian Hyneman. “We’re very thankful someone is willing to go in and restore the home, but at the same time, we need to be very careful how they go about it.”

Officials said the developers would not get approval for the new buildings until renovations to the Shaw home were complete.

Hyneman said while the plan to develop the property around the old home may raise concerns, he has a sense of relief.

“The Shaw house was a big question mark as to what would become of it,” he said. “They are going to have to get approval for everything they do, each step of the way.”

Oxford native Kaye Bryant said she can remember “Mrs. Shaw,” a gray-headed lady who wore floral house dresses, always working in smokehouse.

“That smokehouse and cabin are a part of that house’s history,” Bryant said.

The house was later occupied by Shaw’s son, Oliver, and his wife, Eleanor, until their deaths.

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


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