Input sought in West Lebanon

Staff report

Published: 10-05-2023 5:52 AM

LEBANON — City officials are seeking input from residents and business owners on how to utilize three city-owned properties on Main Street in West Lebanon. 

The West Lebanon Revitalization Advisory Committee launched an online survey on Tuesday to gather community feedback about the future use of  three commercial lots — 14, 28 and 30 Main Street  — that the city purchased in June from real estate firm Chiplin Enterprises. 

The City Council, which will decide a plan for these properties in December, tasked the West Lebanon advisory group to make a recommendation based on the preferences of residents, businesses and other stakeholders. 

Two proposals for the properties so far are to build a new West Lebanon fire station — whose current facility does not meet modern industry operating and safety standards — or to sell the parcels to private developers to create a mixed-use project that combines residential and commercial spaces. 

The survey also asks if community members would want to close the portion of Church Street that intersects with Main Street so that the three parcels can be connected. One of the properties,18 Main Street is located on the other side of Church Street from the other two lots. 

The survey consists of four multiple choice questions. A link to the survey can be found on the homepage of the city website. 

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The survey results will be discussed at a meeting hosted by the West Lebanon Revitalization Advisory Committee on Oct. 30.

The meeting will also allow the public to participate in a discussion of the survey findings.

The time and location of the Oct. 30 meeting has not been announced.