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Columbarium project moves forward

OXFORD — Work on a columbarium on the grounds of the historic, city-owned Oxford Memorial Cemetery is expected to begin next spring.

The Oxford Eagle reports the city is spending about $4,000 on 41 extra shutters, which go in front of the niche. The extras would be used if an original shutter is damaged or engraved incorrectly.

The project calls for about 792 niches for cremation urns. It will be about 9 feet high, covering a 45-by-55-foot area.

The back of the buildings holding the niches will be brick. The columns, front casings and benches will be cast stone.

The three sections will form a partial square. A curricular walk way will give access to all the niches.

Officials say niches will not be sold until the columbarium is complete.

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