October, 2014
Lebanon Town Square Reconstruction
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Contractor:  Civil Constructors, Inc.

Project Summary

TDOT plans to change the Lebanon Town Square, located at US 231 (Cumberland Street) and US 70 (Main Street) in Wilson County, from its existing configuration to a traditional roundabout. This change calls for the removal of parking spaces surrounding the statue of General Robert Hatton in the center of the square and adds parking at each corner of the square.  Specialty signing and pavement markings will be added. Enhanced lighting, landscaping, and drainage improvements will also be part of the construction.

The planned project is the result of a safety study, requested by local officials. An aggressive project design schedule allowed the much-anticipated project to be let to construction in July 2015, with work expected to begin shortly thereafter.

Reconstruction of the square is designed to improve safety, create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, and revitalize the city square.
The $1 million project will be funded with state and local dollars.

Project Timeline

October 2014 – Phase 1 begins
  • construction signs posted
  • parking eliminated from center
  • inner travel lanes milled
  • inner square reconstructed
December 2014 – Construction limited
January 2015 – Phase 2 begins
  • outer square reconstructed
  • work to begin in southwest corner
  • work to continue in clockwise direction
June 2015 – Construction ends

Click here to download an overview for this project (.pdf)
August, 2014
Quarterly Departmental Reports
CityOfLebanonLogoView the Quarterly Departmental Reports for the City of Lebanon for April, May, & June 2014, now available on the City’s website.

You can click here or check the ‘News & Highlights’ section of www.LebanonTN.org to view these reports in .PDF format.
June, 2014
Congratulations, CU Baseball Team!
2014-06-09-2The Cumberland University Bulldogs recently brought home the NAIA National Championship trophy from Lewiston, Idaho after going 5-1 in the World Series tournament.

This is the team's third National Championship win in the last ten years, all under Coach Woody Hunt. The Lebanon/Wilson County community celebrated the victory on Monday, June 2, 2014 with a parade followed by a picnic lunch at CU's campus.
March, 2014
Hamilton Springs to get $1.6M Grant for Rail Station
The Hamilton Springs development in Lebanon will soon have a Music City Star rail station at its center.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) of Middle Tennessee was recently awarded a $1.6 million federal grant by the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to fund the completion of Hamilton Springs Rail Station.  Hamilton Springs is the Mid-State’s first Transit-Oriented Development and was designed to take advantage of the Music City Star rail line.
 
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Construction on the Hamilton Springs Station is expected to begin in the spring of 2015.

Click here to learn more by downloading a press release (pdf).

Cumberland Center Development District Ordinance
February, 2014
Cumberland Center Development District Ordinance
In discussions with highly sought after national level site selection executives and hospitality consultants, I have been told that they are watching this issue very closely and are very supportive of our actions. Upon passage, this elevates the City of Lebanon on that list of most attractive future locations. The following letter by Mr. Larry Frankenbach, the representative for the developer of the Cumberland Center, sums up our position.

Mayor Philip Craighead
Members of the Lebanon City Council,

On February 4, 2014 you will have the opportunity to vote again on the Cumberland Center Development District ordinance. This will be a history making vote for the progress of Lebanon! Your vote in favor of this ordinance will send a signal to site selection executives across the country that Lebanon wants to separate itself and rise above other markets that are competing for new retail, hotels, restaurants and new office developments.

With your approval to establish the Cumberland Center Development District, the path to securing the participation of Wilson County in the plan will be open. As Mayor Hutto said in a recent work session, after you approve this ordinance, he would present the invitation to participate to the Budget committee and then to the Wilson County Commissioners. The best of all options for Wilson County and for Lebanon would then be achievable! The County Commissioners have already said that an events center is needed in Wilson County. There are so many people that believe that Cumberland Center is the best location for that facility! You can make it happen.

If you were to vote unanimously again to establish the district, the entire region would know that Lebanon is taking a leadership role to bring events, sales meetings, conventions, sports and new businesses to your community. Then it will be a very popular thing for the County Commissioners to support the Cumberland Center Development District. As Mayor Hutto said, you must act first and show your leadership to the citizens of Lebanon, to the County Commissioners and to the site selection executives across America. The movement forward towards the building of a community events center can begin with your support next Tuesday. Your actions can really bring the city and county together and make a statement about bringing new jobs and a positive economic impact to Lebanon and Wilson County.

As you think about your vote, I would encourage each of you to get in touch with me with any questions or concerns. I will meet with you or talk with you at any time that is convenient. I will answer any question you may have. We will transfer the 20 acres as promised once you establish the district. The board that manages the funds from this plan will have city, county, and citizens on it and perhaps school board representation. It will always be in control of the way the funds are spent. This is a fair and transparent plan that insures that the key stakeholders will always be in control of the progress towards a community events center in Lebanon.

Really, there is no downside to supporting the Cumberland Center Development District ordinance as proposed. The upside is that we all embark on a long range plan, with responsible controls and transparency. Your leadership vote will be the foundation for the step-by-step process to realize a vision that will benefit the city, county and region for years to come.

Please vote YES!

Regards,
Larry Frankenbach
VICE PRESIDENT
VASTLAND REALTY GROUP


Learn more about the Cumberland Center Development District by visiting this website:
www.CumberlandCenterLebanon.com

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