Oxford Historic Preservation Committee Approves Retaining Wall for Shaw Property – Again – The Oxford Eagle


For the second time, the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission has approved a certificate of suitability for a 4-foot retaining wall around Shaw Place, which is part of the development around the former Shaw House which is under construction. restoration by developers.

The commission granted the first COA in 2013; however, certificates of authenticity are only valid for one year after issuance.

“We’ve been so busy on other projects,” said architect Thomas Ryan. “We are asking for approval of this fence so that we can move forward.”

The 4 foot brick fence will be topped with wrought iron. A rendering of the 2013 submission shows shrubs in front of the wall that will run along a sidewalk in front of the development.

Commissioners asked if there would be enough space between the fence and the sidewalk to ensure that landscaping can be put in place to reduce the impact of the fence.

Ryan said there would be room except directly in front of the Shaw House due to the topography of the hilly area.

Commissioners approved the fence, but on condition that a landscaping plan be submitted to CHP prior to construction.

Developer Sid Brian purchased the historic 1800s house and the five acres surrounding it about five years ago. He agreed to restore the Shaw House and divided the property into a four lot subdivision, the first lot being the Shaw House. The second lot, known as Kennedy Cove, will feature four custom homes. Shaw Place will consist of six custom homes. The final lot will be a single family home on 1.5 acres of land.

Some restoration work has been done on Shaw House, but no new construction has been undertaken on the other lots.

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