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Oxford gets approval for Historic District

10/15/2014 04:42PM ● Published by Lev

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has certified the historical significance of the Oxford Borough Historic District.

“This is another great step in preserving the historic places and treasures of Oxford,” State Sen. Andy Dinniman said. “I want to thank the members of Oxford Borough Council and the Oxford Historic Commission for their continued work to ensure that the rich history and heritage of this borough is preserved for future generations.”

The Oxford Borough Historic District was created under Pennsylvania’s Historic District Act (Act 167 of 1961), which authorizes all Pennsylvania municipalities – with the exception of the cities of the first and second class – to create and define, by ordinance, one or more historic districts. Oxford Borough Council established its historic district under Borough Ordinance No. 881-2014 adopted on July 21. The PHMC certified the district by resolution on Sept. 24.

“This is a great example of how hard work, perseverance, and dedication create positive results. I congratulate everyone involved in this accomplishment,” said Oxford mayor Geoff Henry. “The historic preservation of Oxford will undoubtedly impact the lives of current and future residents and hopefully make Oxford a destination for many visitors interested in historic sites.”

Oxford Borough Council is seeking volunteer members for its Historical Architectural Review Board. The board is an advisory group committed to preserving the key historic architectural features and character of the historic district. The board reviews proposed new construction, demolitions and exterior alterations to structures within the historic district.

The HARB is composed of seven members: one registered architect, one licensed real estate broker, a codes enforcement officer, two owner-occupants of property within the historic district, and two borough residents. Interested citizens can submit a letter to the Borough of Oxford, PO Box 380, Oxford, PA 19363, or e-mail information to manager@oxfordboro.org .

 

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