Major retail, entertainment development planned for Lebanon - WSMV Channel 4

Major retail, entertainment development planned for Lebanon

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A big, new development is planned for Wilson County, where community leaders want to build a retail and entertainment facility.

It would create several hundred jobs and even draw a minor league hockey team to the area.

Lebanon may be best known as home of the award-winning Wilson County Fair, but soon there may be something else drawing thousands of visitors there.

"I think if it can be developed, it think it's a tremendous idea," Lebanon business owner Jack Lowery said.

Lowery, a well-known Lebanon-based attorney tells Channel 4 he has seen plans for what Lebanon's mayor is calling a "major development" set to go on land near the Roxy Theater.

"It was a mixed situation of entertainment and commercial development," Lowery said.

A city official confirms the project would include a hockey facility, with the goal of housing a minor league team.

The space would also double as an entertainment venue with space for big retail.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead says it's too early to talk specifics about the project, but he said it could create roughly 300 jobs and really boost tourism.

Because the Music City Star stops in Lebanon, leaders feel it is the perfect place for a big, new development.

A spokesperson for the project declined to talk about the cost involved or when construction might start.

But Channel 4 has learned Nashville developers Vastland Realty, the group responsible for dozens of Middle Tennessee residential and retail spaces, is behind the project.

City leaders say they'll release more specific plans about the development on Wednesday.

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