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Grant application to move bakery forward

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"Project Sprinkles," a commercial bakery proposed for Duke Drive near Central Pike, off State Route 840 in southwestern Lebanon, is one step closer to becoming a reality and not just a proposal.

The Lebanon City Council has approved a resolution allowing the city to file an application for Fast Track Infrastructure Development Program funds which are available through the State of Tennessee.

The grant, which the city council approved seeking Tuesday night, would help the city provide infrastructure improvements needed on and near the 27-acre site where the 180,000-square-foot facility is being planned, near Amazon and Permobil.

122 new jobs expected

The bakery is projected to bring 122 new jobs to Wilson County within the next three years, according to G. C. Hixson, director of the Joint Economic and Commercial Development Board (JECDB). It has already received site plan approval from the Lebanon Planning Commission.

Earlier, the Budget Committee of the Wilson County Commission approved a 100 percent property tax exemption and a 90 percent exemption for personal property such as equipment and furniture for the first six years the bakery is in operation.

Hixson said the bakery building is expected to cost an estimated $34.7 million, with its contents valued at $51.4 million.

Painting grant for the Square?
The city council also approved a resolution Tuesday night in support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for commercial façade improvement requested by Kim Parks for a Historic Lebanon project. Parks said the money would be used for paint and exterior improvement on the Lebanon Public Square.

The council also approved, on second reading Tuesday, changing property owned by Dorothy Dunn at 809, 811, 813, 815, and 829 Carthage Highway, in Ward 2, from medium- density residential (RD-9) to commercial service (CS).

Liquor licenses, payday loan limits
In other action, the council approved, on first reading Tuesday and second reading at a special-called meeting early Thursday morning:

Certificates of compliance for two retail package liquor stores, All American Wine and Spirits at 703-C South Cumberland, owned by Upendrakumar D. Patel, and Sparta Pike Spirits at 1318 Sparta Pike, owned by Robert W. King.

Allowing "deferred presentment services" like payday loan establishments to be located in commercial zones no closer than 500 feet from residential zoned areas, and at least 1,320 feet from each other.

Rezoning unaddressed property (34.07 acres) owned by Gordon Carroll off Highway 109 at Callis Road, in Ward 4, from low-density single-family residential (RS-20) and commercial general (CG) to high-density multi-family (RM-6).

Changing 31.34 acres owned by Tony Stevenson at 1717 Franklin Road, in Ward 4, from rural residential (RR) and CG to RM-6.

Amending the current city budget to let the Police Department lease three motorcycles.

Approving bids for street paving and painting.

Authorizing the purchase of fireworks for the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and the CABA baseball tournament.

Authorizing the purchase of a replacement truck for the Public Works Garage.

Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@yahoo.com.

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