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-Stateâ€™s first Transit-Oriented Development and was designed to take advantage of the Music City Star rail line.
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
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!
Larry Frankenbach VICE PRESIDENT
VASTLAND REALTY GROUP
Lebanon Certified as a Tennessee Main Street Community
Lebanon Certified as a Main Street Community
Lebanon is 26th City Added
NASHVILLEâ€”The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today Lebanon, located in Wilson County, has achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. The community joins 25 other Tennessee Main Street communities that are certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
â€śCreating vibrant downtown districts that support businesses and draw-in community members and visitors alike, is an important part of Tennesseeâ€™s culture and distinctive appeal in a global economy. Strong downtowns signal a healthy local economy and show companies looking to expand or move why Tennessee is the best place to do business,â€ť ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. â€śI congratulate Lebanon on their achievement and welcome them to the Main Street community.â€ť
â€śLebanon has both momentum and vision for realizing the full potential their historic downtown can achieve as part of a comprehensive and effective economic development strategy,â€ť Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said. â€śThey will be a wonderful addition to the Main Street network and I look forward to working with the community.â€ť
â€śBecoming a part of the Main Street program has been a goal for Lebanon the last ten years,â€ť Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. â€śChanges in the dynamics of our historic downtown and the city's plan for the future of this area make the acceptance of Lebanon into the program a very timely announcement. Being a Main Street community takes our efforts to the next level and we thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for this opportunity.â€ť
"The Main Street designation is a very important step forward for our community and Cumberland University is proud to be a part of the Historic Lebanon,â€ť Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton said. â€śCumberland University partnered with Historic Lebanon in late 2012 with the goal of becoming a part of the Main Street program. Their partnership allowed for the hiring of an executive director and continued support of Historic Lebanon's mission.
â€śOur incredible City of Lebanon, Tenn., being awarded the renowned designation of a Main Street Community will have positive ripple effects for many years to come,â€ť Todd Tressler II, Founder/Attorney, Tressler & Associates, PLLC said. â€śKim Parks as the Director of Historic Lebanon should be commended for her outstanding efforts in leading the wayâ€”along with many other of our fantastic citizens here in Lebanon. Itâ€™s an exciting time for our city and our law firm is blessed to be in position to share an integral role within the community as we continue to build on now being one of the very few distinct Main Street Communities in the entire state of Tennessee.â€ť
â€śHistoric Lebanon is proud to represent the Main Street mission for Lebanon,â€ť Historic Lebanon Executive Director Kim Parks said. â€śOur community leaders and citizens have shown great support for this cause and we believe our efforts towards the economic revitalization and preservation of our historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhood will be greatly enhanced by becoming a Main Street community.â€ť
Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and guidance for communities in developing common sense solutions to make downtowns safe, appealing, vibrant places where folks want to shop, live and make memories.
In 2012, certified Main Street communities generated more than $82 million of public/private investment and created 604 new jobs.
Lebanonâ€™s designation is based upon a successful application submitted by the city of Lebanon. The Tennessee Main Street Program application requires communities to illustrate a strong commitment to a Main Street Program from city/county government, an adequate organizational budget, a commitment to hire staff, a strong historic preservation ethic, a collection of historic buildings and a walkable, historic commercial district.
There are currently 26 certified Main Street program communities across Tennessee: Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Jonesborough, Lebanon, Leiperâ€™s Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Rogersville, Tiptonville, Savannah, Union City and Ripley.
Tennessee Main Street operates under the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information about the Tennessee Main Street Program, please visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org. For more on the National Main Street Center, visit www.mainstreet.org.