Many Oxonians have noticed the activity going on in the old Checkers parking lot on the corner of University Avenue and S. Lamar Blvd. The lot is sitting on prime real estate on the Square and much speculation has been floating around.
Oxford City Planners have finally put the rumors to rest.
Chancellors House Hotel, a 3-story boutique hotel, will be moving onto the lot. The hotel will feature 31 rooms within 38,000 square feet and an underground parking garage to allow parking for 44 cars.
While the hotel has received approval from the Historical Preservation Commission, it still needs to go in front of the Oxford Planning Commission. If all goes well, the Chancellors House Hotel will join the Downtown Oxford Inn as another hotel option on the square.
Demolition is already well underway. No word on a proposed date of completion.
Katherine Bailey is a freelance writer from Oxford now based in Atlanta.