Downtown Vision Study Update

Director David Brooks' Message

Do you enjoy the energy of downtown Lebanon on a sunny Thursday evening in the summer when the Farmer's Market is alive with people shopping, eating, dancing, or just meeting each other? Do you appreciate the sight of hundreds of people enjoying a post-race meal and celebration after the Shamrock Shuffle or Skip's Run? Do you wish that vitality could be felt during the rest of the week or the rest of the year?

It seems that a lot of people do!

Vision & Purpose Statement

The City's 2030 Master Plan devotes an entire chapter to downtown Lebanon. The overall theme of the Lebanon Central Business District chapter (Chapter 3) is to achieve just that kind of energy and liveliness all year round. The Vision and Purpose statement for the chapter states that:
"Downtown Lebanon shall continue to be a vibrant part of the community - a crossroads where residents and visitors work, meet, shop, learn, participate in local governance, and share in a good quality of life and a firm sense of community and belonging. The City of Lebanon seeks to promote and enhance downtown Lebanon as a vital business, social and recreational center of the community while preserving its historic ‘small-town' atmosphere."

Areas Affected

To advance this vision of downtown and to help implement the overall Master Plan, the City is undertaking a comprehensive look at how downtown Lebanon looks, feels, and functions. Lebanon has initiated a Downtown Visioning Study and Tunnel Project that will focus on the area highlighted in the map below, generally including the areas around Colburn Park, and along parts of Hanover Street, Bank Street, and Spencer Street.
Downtown Visioning Study Update - Area Map

Range of Lebanon Development Issues

As part of the project, the Visioning Study will review and evaluate a wide range of issues concerning the downtown area including:
  • Character and urban design
  • Connectivity to river, greenway, surrounding neighborhoods
  • Desired mix of businesses/land uses
  • Downtown events and activities
  • Functionality and efficiency
  • Marketing / branding
  • Multi-modal transportation issues, including moped/bike/transit
  • Parking and parking management
  • Preservation of historic resources
  • Public art / fountains
  • Vehicular traffic flow
  • Walkability and pedestrian environment
  • Wayfinding and gateways
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