Building Demolished in Old Checkers Location

checkers lotStory by Katherine Bailey; photo provided

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.


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  1. Does anyone have update on the new hotels coming to Oxford? Last i heard the downtown inn had been torn down and would be rebuilt as a hotel indigo and there was also a Courtyard by Marriott going in somewhere?

    • Here’s what I know: Chancellor’s House Hotel going in at University/Lamar; Downtown Inn being replaced by Graduate Hotel Group; Boutique hotel called The Gin planned for old Gin location; Courtyard by Marriott going up on Jackson near the old railroad bridge; and possibly another hotel near the conference center.


      • Hye Liz, thanks for your reply back in March. Do you have any more info on Hotels in Oxford? I know the one over next to the conference center is a TownPlace Suites. I’ll be staying there this Christmas. I was hoping to stay at one of the others, but I don’t think they will be open in time. Thanks.

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