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City officials approve annexation of private property

OXFORD — Oxford officials will not oppose property owners wanting their 160 acres brought into the city limits.

The Oxford Eagle reports the Board of Aldermen told City Attorney Pope Mallette to notify the Lafayette County Chancery Court that it will not object to the annexation request.

The property owners are hoping to sell their land to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.

Last month, landowners Robert and Beth King filed a motion asking the court to annex 160 acres into the city limits. A hearing is set for April 3.

Since the Kings filed their motion, several other people who own part of the 160 acres have joined the request.

Baptist Memorial Hospital officials have stated they have not made any offers on any possible site and that the Kings’ property is just one of several they are still considering for a new $250 million medical facility.

While the land is in the unincorporated part of Lafayette County, it is surrounded on three sides by the city.

During negotiations with city and Lafayette County officials, Baptist put into its agreement it would build the hospital inside of city limits. As a result, the land belonging to the Kings and others could not be considered by Baptist unless it is annexed into the city.

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