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Baddour Pkwy. project stirs controversy

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One of Rich Smith Development's other complexes.

An apartment development planned for Lebanon has the city abuzz.

Property owner Lynotte Moore explained Tuesday that Rich Smith Development, a company based out of Arkansas, is in the process of developing a 96-unit apartment facility on 12.5 acres directly behind Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.

Moore corrected rumors alleging the possibility of Section 8 housing or that tenants would pay with vouchers. He said that is "absolutely not the case."

"They are required to qualify - as in any other apartment facility," he said. "This is simply affordable living."

"I've been told it is reduced-rate rentals. They get tax credits for their company, and in order to get these, they are required to rent at a lower rate," Moore stated.

The facility would be ideal for Cumberland University students, University Medical Center staff and anyone who wishes to utilize the Music City Star mass transit to Nashville, Moore added. "If they are older residents, they could easily walk to the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center."

One of the "neatest" aspects of the development would be a 30,000-square-foot activities building for tenants and the community.

"It is going to have a basketball court, small gym, information center, computers and meeting room" Moore said. The meeting area would be accessible, by request, to local organizations for meetings.

"This developer - Rich Smith Development - own 50 or more of these facilities. They locate the land and have their own construction company and their own management team who live on-site 24/7," he continued. "They are going to spend an extraordinary amount of money, which is going to benefit the Fairview area. They are going to spend $12 to 15 million total in a development. I see that being one of the nicest opportunities Lebanon has had."

In addition to the development, a portion of the property will be designated as a dog park available to tenants and the community.

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