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Main Street program touts Square plans

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Lebanon held a quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Main Street Program Thursday. 

Representatives from many other cities in the program came to the city to view some of the many popular venues and to discuss projects each Main Street Program has initiated.

Kim Parks with Historic Lebanon introduced local architect Mike Manous, who showed the guests the plan to redo the Lebanon Square.

“Our square, as you can see out there now, is very dangerous,” Manous said. “The idea is to eliminate those problems. We are going to a true roundabout and have pushed our parking into quadrants, which I think will be very helpful.”

Parks said that Historic Lebanon has been working with the city and that “we have worked really hard for this for years.” The proposed plan eliminates some parking spaces, but Manous said, “a few parking spaces is a small price to pay for safety.”

The new roundabout will be wide enough to accommodate tractor trailers that use the square for access to Highway 231 North, said Manous.

Also in the plans will be several landscaped areas along the sides of the parking quadrants, as well as new lighting and updated landscaping around the statue of Gen. Robert Hatton, which will retain its place in the center of the new roundabout.

Parks said the plan for the renovation was “not just the center of the square, it’s a whole package.”

Parks also noted that the plan “goes back to a model from the 1940s and before” when the square had a roundabout.

Manous concluded his presentation saying, “these historic buildings are priceless.”

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