Region's First Transit Oriented Development Coming To Lebanon
by Chris Cannon
LEBANON, Tenn. - A new rail station for the Music City Star will create Middle Tennessee's first transit oriented development in Lebanon.
Hamilton Springs is currently home to the Hamilton Station apartments, but the developer has plans to create an entire community.
It will center around a town square concept.
"With storefronts on the bottom, offices on the second floor and condos on the top. A very mix use community," said developer Rick Bell.
The piece of the development that will make it transit oriented is a new rail station. It will be built along existing tracks next to Hamilton Springs.
Bell said he and his brother are trying to appeal to a new generation of people who want an urban lifestyle, but in an area that is traditionally suburban.
"They want to abandon the car, they don't want to drive back and forth to work everyday. They don't want yards to mow. This is the kind of thing they want," Bell explained.
The new Hamilton Springs Station will be located between the current Martha and Lebanon stations.
The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee was awarded a $1.6 million federal grant by the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization pay for the new station.
Construction on the project will start in the Spring of 2015 and should be completed by the end of the year.
Music City Star started service between downtown Nashville and Wilson County in September of 2006, and has grown each year since then.
"People are becoming more familiar with public transit in our region," according to Patricia Harris-Morehead.
RTA said another rail station will help attract new riders to the Music City Star.
"We need to be thinking about that generation, which is what we're trying to do here in Middle Tennessee," Harris-Morehead said. "And projects like Hamilton Springs will help us continue to expand ridership."
Music City Star currently has rail stations in downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha and Lebanon.