WEST CHESTER (October 14) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) officially certified the historical significance of the Oxford Borough Historic District.

“This is another great step in preserving the historic places and treasures of Oxford,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank the members of Oxford Borough Council and the Oxford Historic Commission for their continued work to ensure that the rich history and heritage of this borough is preserved for future generations.”

The Oxford Borough Historic District was created under Pennsylvania’s Historic District Act (Act 167 of 1961), which authorizes all Pennsylvania municipalities – with the exception of the cities of the first and second class – to create and define, by ordinance, one of more historic districts. Oxford Borough Council established its historic district under Borough Ordinance No. 881-2014 adopted on July 21. The PHMC certified the district by resolution number 20140924_5 on September 24.

“This is a great example of how hard work, perseverance, and dedication create positive results. I congratulate everyone involved in this accomplishment,” Oxford Mayor Geoff Henry said. “The historic preservation of Oxford will undoubtedly impact the lives of current and future residents and hopefully make Oxford a destination for many visitors interested in historic sites.”

In addition, Oxford Borough Council is currently seeking volunteer members for its Historical Architectural Review Board. The board is an advisory group committed to maintaining and preserving the key historic architectural features and character of the historic district. The board reviews proposed new construction, demolitions and exterior alterations to structures within the historic district.

The HARB is composed of seven members: one registered architect, one licensed real estate broker, a codes enforcement officer, two owner-occupants of property within the historic district and two borough residents. Interested parties can submit a letter to the Borough of Oxford, PO Box 380, Oxford, PA 19363 or email information to manager@oxfordboro.org.

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