By Alyssa Schnugg
The site plans for two new condominium developments along Molly Barr Road were approved Monday night by the Oxford Planning Commission with one being an age-restricted senior housing development.
The senior condominium project dubbed ‘The Barringer’ will be located where the Oxford First United Methodist Church (formerly Burns United) stands at 600 Molly Barr Road, adjacent to Stone Park. Oxford First is in the process of building a new church off of Old Sardis Road.
The Barringer, owned by Brian Development, will be three stories high and have 39 condominium units with either two or three bedrooms. The 83 parking spaces will be located on the ground floor and will not visible from the outside. There will 13 extra parking spaces for visitors.
The development will be restricted for people 55 years old and up.
The facade of the building will have a variety of designs and roof heights.
The commission also approved a special exception to allow four stories so the ground floor could be used for parking, a special exception from the required front step-back and a parking variance. The current codes allow for one parking space per unit for senior housing; however, Planner Judy Daniel said the Planning Department is considering changing the code as many senior citizens often have more than one vehicle.
The Planning Commission also approved the amended site plan for Molly Barr Condos by developer Joseph Echols that will be located across from The Barringer on the west side of Molly Barr Road.
The development is proposed to have six, brick buildings with a total of eight, three-bedroom units. Four of the buildings will be free-standing individual three-story units with two of the buildings having two attached three-story townhouses.
Parking for each building will be accessed through garages on the first floor.
The site plan was originally approved in November, however, the applicant was not successful in acquiring a drainage easement from the adjacent landowner. The site plan was modified to locate the stormwater discharge point where a drainage easement is no longer required.