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Planners say no to hotel site

Jake Old • Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A site plan for My Place Hotel, proposed for Cumberland Center Boulevard, was not approved during the Lebanon Regional Planning Commission meeting Tuesday after an approval motion failed to pass. 

Larry Hubbard made a motion to approve the site plan. After a call of votes, Chairman David Taylor was the only other member of the commission to vote in favor of the plan. 

Commissioners had issues with the amount of stone used on the front and sides of the proposed building, the amount and placement of parking and the side façade of the building. 

A representative from MP Lebanon LLC, the applicant submitting the site plan, told the commission the company would be willing to make concessions to receive approval. 

Commissioners wanted the building to front the main road, however, due to the size of the lot and size and shape of the building, that was not possible. 

The applicant said a fake front façade would be placed on the side of the building fronting the main road. 

Part of the parking for the hotel would also be on that side of the building. The proposed parking plan actually fit city code, but commissioners worried too much parking would front the building and wanted to see it placed in the back. 

After the motion failed, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead spoke to the commission about the hotel, which would be next to Logan’s Roadhouse. Craighead said the hotel would be beneficial to the restaurant. 

“Logan’s, some of those [restaurants] are on the chopping block, people,” Craighead said. “This will help them.” 

There was no further action taken on the item; no vote was taken to deny the site plan. 

The commission plans to revisit the issue Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in a special called meeting. The meeting will take place prior to a previously scheduled Lebanon City Council meeting. 

A representative from the project will be present with updates to the site plan to accommodate the requests from the planning commission. 

In other business, the planning commission approved:

• the Cumberland University Historic Preservation District on about 92 acres, including lots on Cumberland Drive, Castle Heights Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, South Greenwood Street, South Hatton Avenue, South Tarver Avenue, University Avenue, West Gay Street and West Spring Street.

• rezoning for 5.08 acres on West Main Street from low-density residential to general commercial in Ward 6.

• a final plat for Wilson Farms Phase 2.

• a subdivision sign for The Grove at Five Oaks entrance.

• rezoning 2.4 acres on Carver Lane from commercial general to commercial neighborhood. According to property owner David Mobley, about 10-15 townhomes are planned at the site. 

• an amendment to the future land use plan for about 12.65 acres on Peyton Road from commercial office to high-density residential.

• rezoning 12.65 acres on Peyton Road from commercial general to high-density residential in Ward 2. 

• a plan of services for about 0.68 acres on Bluebird Road North and zoning to high-density residental in Ward 2. 

• annexation and zoning of about 0.68 acres on Bluebird Road North and zoning to high-density residential in Ward 2. 

• a site plan for Fire Hall 4 on East Division Street, zoned business industrial park in Ward 4. 

The commission deferred a rezone request for a property on Lebanon Road, as well as an annexation request on Highway 109. 

Commissioners made a vote to not recommend a rezoning approval to the Lebanon City Council regarding a request by SRM Concrete for 9.06 acres on East Division Street. The item will still appear before the council.

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