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Lafayette Co. residents fight move of Oxford church

(WMC-TV) - Residents in a Lafayette County subdivision are unhappy that the Oxford Church of Christ wants to build a church on a property near them.

"It doesn't make me very happy, and I would say most of the rest of the people in this area are unhappy," said resident Allen Spurgeon.

About 10 houses will be directly affected if the church is built, because the property backs up to the church's property.

The homes are on at least four acres.  Spurgeon said residents' main concern is traffic.

"Everyone here bought the property with the understanding there would only be single family dwellings," he said.

The Oxford Church of Christ wanted to move from its location in downtown Oxford for more room.

Church Elder Dr. Ernest Harland said the church decided to move when a developer wanted to build a hotel where the church is located.

"It would have allowed us to actually build another facility without any debt," said Harland.  "In fact, there would be money left over."

Harland bought the property near Long Meadow.  The residents took him to court and now the offer from the developer has dried up.  The city has named the area where the current church is located an historic area.

"If we decided to stay here and needed the money, another church would like to have it," said Harland.

The Oxford Church of Christ is hoping the Mississippi Supreme Court will decide a church can be built on the property.  It does not mean the church will move, but the property can be sold to another church.

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