Lebanon approves downtown townhouse project

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 22, 2022

July 22—Lebanon has agreed to sell land it has owned since the mid-1990s to a developer to build new owner-occupied townhouses and single-family residential units.

City Manager Scott Brunka said officials have considered several development proposals over the past few years for the 1.35 acres along North Mechanic and New streets. The property is zoned Central Business District.

“The project is in line with the downtown master plan as people seek new housing in the central business district,” Brunka said.

He said the owner-occupied products will help bolster the economic vitality of the downtown district.

Lebanon City Council has agreed to sell the land to the developer, JDH Building Group, for $100,000. The project is called “Legacy Landing”, according to the developer.

Brunka said deed restrictions will be put in place that will require buildings to remain owner-occupied.

Brunka said JDH Building Group presented the latest proposal for the property, which calls for the construction of 20 owner-occupied townhouses and two single-family homes, along with parking and a pocket park. Additionally, the proposed buildings were designed to fit into the historic district, he said.

“JDH Building Group is based in Lebanon and its team has several local projects that are in the construction and design phase,” Brunka said.

The Board approved supporting the proposed development with several incentives.

Brunka said the city will construct various public improvements such as building a public park connection from North Broadway to the development which includes a sidewalk, lighting and landscaping. Public improvements must not exceed $300,000, he said.

He also said the city would also approve a 50% land tax incentive over 10 years for the community reinvestment area for the project. Currently, the town generates no revenue from the land and is an expense to the town due to mowing and maintenance.

Brunka also said the city would waive utility hookup fees because there were homes that existed on the property in the past.

Megan Allen, marketing coordinator for JDH Building Group, said the developer was eager to build this project in Lebanon.

“We’re really excited about the project,” she said. “It will encourage people to come to Lebanon because people want to live near historic city centers. We hope to provide the benefits of having a single-family home in a townhouse and make sure it matches the character of the community. , which is small town life.”

Allen said the project is in the concept plan and pricing has yet to be finalized. She said it will be a priority to ensure there is enough parking on the property and on the street. Allen also said there are two design concepts for two- and three-bedroom townhouses with many amenities.

While people know the Justin Doyle Homes which are large single-family homes on larger lots, Allen said the business is well balanced, with an award-winning in-house design team. The team has designed larger homes of three or more stories, townhouses and commercial designs.

“It matches what we’ve done, and we have the capability and the experience to deliver the project,” she said. “We love Lebanon.”