Lebanon Council Approves Transit Oriented Community
By Brent Frazier
LEBANON, Tenn. - The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to give final approval to a planned development known as Hamilton Springs, that will integrate a new Music City Star commuter train station as a central feature of the community.
Brothers, and co-developers, Jack and Rick Bell brand this the mid-state's first transit oriented development.
"You can live on, say second, third and fourth floor, and you can have small, mom and pop shops, sub shops, that sort of thing on the bottom floor," Jack Bell told NewsChannel 5.
The development will mix commercial, light retail as well as residential. Bell said it will be stacked condominiums, more than likely.
The Bells are plotting their plan around 260 gently rolling acres they already own; undeveloped land, along Highway 70, about five miles from downtown Lebanon, but still within the city limits.
The Bell brothers are well aware of downtown Nashville's condo surplus, and they're vowing to not overbuild.
"We're going to go in and take it in phases, and as things can sell and move on, we'll go to the next phase," Bell explained.
He said he envisions a variety of folks living in the residential part of Hamilton Springs, but largely a retirement demographic as well as young couples and single people.
"A lot of your folks that are moving into that 60-year age, wants a smaller house, smaller place to live; as well as the younger people! They don't wanna maintain, they want that urban light feel," Bell said.
Jack Bell told NewsChannel 5 the first shovel of dirt could be turned well within the next year. He said it's a long-term project that could be another 20 years from total completion, and it could amount to a $50 million investment in Wilson County.