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Lebanon launches South Hartmann planning study

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The City of Lebanon and Ragan-Smith Associates Inc. have begun a planning study to "strengthen and enhance" South Hartmann Drive, according to a news release issued by the city Tuesday.

The corridor study area includes the portion of South Hartmann drive that connects Highway 231 to the West Main Street gateway through the Interstate 40 interchange. The nine-month planning study will map out potential land uses, explore a potential development scenario, identify cultural and environmental resources along the corridor, identify possible infrastructure improvements and make market recommendations based on demand for potential uses.

"We want to take a very close look at the opportunities that are possible for the future of this area of Lebanon," Lebanon Planning Director Paul Corder said. "South Hartmann Drive is a key corridor to our community and is still largely undeveloped, providing key opportunities for us to chart the future of this area with careful forethought.

"We'll be looking at land uses, transportation, natural resources and development potential, among other factors. We urge the community to participate throughout the process and look forward to hearing from them about the possibilities."

Multiple opportunities for the public and key stakeholders to provide input and feedback throughout the process will be available, including in-person interviews, a steering committee with multiple meetings, a visioning four-day workshop and two community open houses. A Facebook page about the study has been created to provide information and collect feedback at @southhartmanndriveplan.

"South Hartmann Drive is an important gateway and key entrance to the City of Lebanon," Ragan-Smith Executive Vice President and Registered Landscape Architect Randy Caldwell noted. "This study will help identify the best market fit for development, infrastructure and uses throughout the corridor. Our team is very excited to be working on this project, and we look forward to uncovering the potential for the area and providing recommendations for both the public and the private sectors to further tap into the opportunities here."

The work process for the study includes a thorough review of existing planning documents, field reconnaissance of the study area, review of the character and land use of the area, a transportation and infrastructure analysis and a market analysis to identify the area's potential.

For more information on the South Hartmann Gateway Plan, contact Corder at (615) 444-3647 or paul.corder@lebanontn.org.

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