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Event center meeting set

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

The city, county and county schools will come together next month to hash out details about the city’s plans for a future economic district and event center.

Lebanon City County, the Wilson County Commission and the Wilson County Schools Board of Education will meet Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Lebanon Town Meeting Hall in a joint work session about the proposed Cumberland Center Development District and its potential economic impact for the county.

Councilors were set to vote Dec. 3 on the second reading of a measure to establish a Cumberland Center Development District of about 257 acres and to create a fund for the future development of a multipurpose event center at the heart of the district.

According to Mayor Philip Craighead, a private developer owning about 165 acres of the district would hand over title to 20 acres for the city to build the event center in exchange for the city adding infrastructure to the property.

Council delayed its final vote until councilors could talk with county commissioners and county school board members.

As part of the plan, the city would seek a collaboration with Wilson County and Wilson County Schools to help fund the proposed event center. Each entity would contribute sales tax dollars generated within the district to the fund.

“This could be a monumental inter-cooperative representation of what Wilson Countians can achieve by working together,” said Craighead in a statement.

Neither the county nor the school system has yet formally agreed to participate, though.

Craighead said the city plans to hold another public forum about the proposal on Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall.

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