OXFORD, Ga. – Oxford College of Emory University withdrew their plans to pursue on-street parking along Asbury Street at the Oxford City Council’s Monday night work session.
“The idea of realigning the street created a lot of engineering issues that is just beyond the scope of what we can handle right now,” said Kendra Mayfield, Associate Director of Programs with the college.
The preliminary plan, which called for parking along the right-of-way behind Allen Memorial Methodist Church, was presented at the council’s Oct. 2 meeting. The council tabled a vote on the measure until the college brought back its final plans.
Also at the work session, Council Member David Eady called for revisiting the issue of parking for the church and the college.
“Could we look at putting back on the agenda some further discussion about parking for Allen Memorial and the college in that area of Asbury, Pierce and Whatcoat Streets,” he said,” I feel like we’ve got some unresolved issues there and may need to revisit, for example, the idea of removing the on-street parking from Pierce Street and Whatcoat Street if we’re not going to be able to work with the college and the church on some adequate alternatives that meet their needs.”
The council voted 4-3 last month to not approve a plan by Eady that would have converted a city-owned park along Whatcoat Street into a parking lot.