- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - McGregor Steel Fabrication’s plan to build a new warehouse in Lafayette County for Caterpillar may be in jeopardy due to building requirements from the city of Oxford.

In November, the board of supervisors agreed to sell 10 acres in a local industrial park to McGregor Steel. McGregor plans to build and then lease a warehouse to Caterpillar. Caterpillar plans to use the new facility for storage.

The sale of the property is pending.

County attorney David O’Donnell said the warehouse will receive water and sewer services from the city so the site plan would have to meet city requirements.

Bill McGregor, the owner of McGregor Steel, told The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1w0Z9vp ) that any extra costs “could cause the project to not happen.”

County Engineer Larry Britt said according to the city rules, the square footage of the building requires more parking than what the site plan shows.

City Engineer Bart Robinson said the area has had city sewage and water services for many years.

He said an original structure was destroyed by a tornado in 2008. Anything new built on the property has to go back before the Oxford Board of Aldermen for approval to continue to receive the water and sewer service.

City Attorney Paul Watkins said the requirements are the city’s way to control growth.

“We don’t know what will be in that facility in 10 years,” Watkins said. “Someone could go in there and make it a factory and then the parking would be inadequate. We have to be able to manage growth. If the area is close enough, we envision one day we may annex it and we want to control the growth and have it developed in an orderly way.”

Watkins said to allow developments to be built under county regulations that could be annexed into the city would lead to a lot more problems to bring those areas up to code once inside the city.

O’Donnell told the supervisors he will meet with city planning officials and their attorney and report back to the board on Jan. 20.

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


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