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Apartment talks off the table

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Talks of multi-family homes at the corner of Coles Ferry Pike and North Castle Heights Avenue are shelved, for now.

Owners of four tracts of land totaling about 15 acres recently applied to the city planning commission to rezone the properties from single-family residential to business district that would allow multi-family housing.

Lebanon Planning Director Paul Corder said the proposed change drew some debate at an Oct. 28 planning commission meeting.

“Apparently some neighbors from the Fairways subdivision objected to rezoning it to a use that would allow for apartments,” said Corder.

He said the residents cited traffic concerns.

“During school hours, traffic on Coles Ferry is difficult,” said Corder.

Two of the four property owners subsequently withdrew their requests to rezone, and the remaining two property owners changed their requests to rezone instead to B6, which would allow for businesses and single-family homes.

The remaining properties on the request total a little less than 3.5 acres.

Paul Crockett, a surveyor representing the property owners in the rezoning application process, said although initial discussions about possibilities for the property included multi-family dwellings such as apartments, those plans are off the table.

“We didn’t feel like it was going to happen at this point,” said Crockett.

He said property owners don’t currently have specific project plans for the properties.

The Lebanon Planning Commission will consider the amended rezoning request during its Tuesday meeting at 5 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

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