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10 days and counting for Project Tango

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By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Officials in local government and the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County said Tuesday that despite many rumors, they are still awaiting word whether Project Tango will choose Lebanon as a permanent location.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said they expect to hear confirmation one way or another in the next 10 days.

Nothing is confirmed, but we hope to have that confirmation in about 10 days, he said. He noted confirmation could come in the form of purchasing land or just a notification that the company would choose Lebanon or Wilson County.

This past Thursday, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said that Project Tango was the online retailer Amazon. Previously released details about Project Tango indicated the company is looking for two locations, one for a large sorting facility and another for a smaller non-sorting facility.

There are lots of rumors circulating out there, Hutto said.

He pointed out that Wilson County offered its standard property taxes abatement for seven years. G.C. Hixson, executive director of the JECDB, said the standard tax waiver for that amount of time on real and personal property is around $3.8 million total between the county and Lebanon.

Hixson said Project Tango is still in the due diligence phase and said nothing is official or set in stone. He did say there was a letter of intent from the company, but that is not a commitment to locate here.

Until they make an announcement or purchase land, its not official. As to when they close on the property, I just dont know, Hixson said.

He did point out the company could approach the Lebanon Planning Commission as early as next week for zoning and site plans to be considered. The commission holds a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., to set the agenda for the official meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m.

I know theyre trying to get before the planning commission as quickly as possible, Hixson noted.

He pointed out all communities involved in the running for Project Tango have signed non-disclosure forms, but when the company approaches the Planning Commission all information is public record.

Hixson said the JECDB and city and county officials have been in close contact regarding Project Tango and said theyre looking for property at this point in time. He added they are hopeful the company will close on property before going to the Planning Commission.

Its all between the developers, property owners, real estate agents and the company now, Hixson said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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