Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead asks for residents’ help in garnering feedback on a proposed plan to update the Lebanon Town Square.
In October, Craighead and Tennessee Department of Transportation officials unveiled plans for the new look and configuration of the Square in a public meeting at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
On Friday, Craighead said he wants residents to offer feedback to the plans in the form of a completed survey.
“We would like to have 1,000 replies to give to the state by next Friday to reinforce our commitment and the community’s commitment for this project,” Craighead said. “You can give the surveys to me at City Hall or drop them off at the chamber.”
Highlights of the new plan include new landscaping, new wiring and new locations for parking at the square quadrants.
In the proposed plan, visitors would be able park along the perimeter of the square so pedestrians would not have to cross traffic to visit downtown businesses.
Drawbacks to the proposed plan include a slightly reduced number of parking spots and potential difficulty for tractor-trailer vehicles navigating the square.
TDOT would pay 100 percent of the repaving, and the city would pay at least 20 percent for new lighting and landscaping, according to Craighead.
“Construction time is expected to be less than six months with work done in sections; the whole square will not be torn up at the same time,” Craighead said. “Gen. Hatton will not be disturbed. There was a crosswalk over to the general in the city's plan to the state, but that plan added additional pedestrian/vehicle conflicts. As we know, the main goal of this project is safety. A suggestion has been made to put a plaque with the words that are on the statue in the clock tower area.”
Copies of the survey and plans can be found as links to PDF documents at mayorcraighead.com.
“The Square is jobs and an identity,” Craighead said. “It makes a difference. We have an opportunity to capture state funds because of safety. We can do whatever we want, but the big thing is safety issues.
“You’ve got people who are wanting to invest in the Square. You will have more people down there. You have to have safety. This is not two or three or four business owners on the Square. This is a community issue, and it’s a safety issue.”