The City of Lebanon is moving forward in making the city more accessible with the extension of the Legends Dr. As the largest municipality in Wilson County, Lebanon is ripe for new residential and commercial growth. "Our location definately helps," Major Philip Craighead said. "We're right off Interstate 40 and basically just miles away from Nashville International Airport, which also helps. We are benefitting from the administration and council's aggressiveness in putting in the right infrastructure as we try to grow the community". The City Council approved the extension at the City Council meeting on Tuesday May 3rd.
The project has been several years in the making and will help Cumberland Center continue to grow and attract more retail into the City of Lebanon. Currently Phase 1 of Cumberland Center is home to a Logan's restaurant and a Boot Barn. The 165-acre mixed-use project on I-40 East, 25 miles outside of Nashville, is expected to be developed in several phases that will include retail shops, Class A Offices, restaurants, hotels and possibly residential components. A section in the Northeast quadrant of the plan fronting on Legends Drive is being reserved for a possible future municipal project with athletic and meeting space. Also Tennessee's only light rail system, the Music City Star connecting Lebanon and Nashville, might establish a passenger terminal on the site by simply extending the existing spur.
The Legends Drive will be extended about three-fourths of a mile over parr of what is planned as an additional phase to the ongoing Cumberland Center on 165 acres just each of U.S. Highway 231 and north of Interstate 40. By connecting Briskin Lane, already scheduled for improvements, Legends Drive will parellel i40 and connect Highway 231 and Highway 70 giving citizens and visitors a new, convenient way to move through the development and access existing retail shopping and hotels on Highway 231 as well as the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Highway 70.
According to the current bids, the extension is estimated at about $4.6 million and should be completed in approximately 18 months. The City of Lebanon is pushing for the initial work to begin in the next 30-40 days.
The Legend's Drive extension will help with continued growth that Lebanon is experiencing at a rapid pace. With the recent completion of the Special Census, Lebanon is outpacing their US Census projections - the population of Lebanon is 32,732. They are on track to have 2000+ new appartment units built in the next 12-18 months, along with homes, as new construction and single family residential sites have already been approved in planning. Lebanon also recently welcomed Optoro, Inc. with a projected 300 jobs, Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC with a projected 147 jobs and Wonder Porcelain with a projected 220 jobs.
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City Of Lebanon Tennessee - Phillip Craighead, Mayor
Economic Development Director - Sarah Haston
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Lebanon, TN 37087
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