Location, design for 'Tango' site revealed

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A preliminary meeting of the Lebanon Planning Commission Tuesday revealed site plans for a large distribution center located off State Route 840, revealing the possible location and design plans for "Project Tango".

Planners met Tuesday morning to set the items for its regular meetings agenda and included site plans for a 1,015,740 square-foot distribution center on Duke Drive off State Route 840 in the Park 840 industrial area. The building was labeled only as Building 300.

For the past several months, Lebanon and Wilson County officials have been recruiting a secret company known only as Project Tango, to locate here and bring up to 1,700 jobs to the community.

Recently, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said the company targeted by Project Tango is in fact Amazon.

Project Tango reportedly involved two 1 million square foot facilities, a sorting facility and a non-sorting facility. The sorting facility would employ about 1,200 workers while the other would employ up to 500.

In July, Amazon signed a two-year lease with Duke Realty, locating a 500,000 square-foot distribution center on Duke Drive just off Central Pike in Lebanon. Since July, the company has hired thousands for that distribution center.

Jim Harrison of Civil Site Design Group in Nashville, who developed the site plan and who was present at the meeting, kept details about the tenant of Building 300 under wraps. All public officials and people involved in recruiting Project Tango have signed non-disclosure forms.

Im not at liberty to say publicly right now, Harrison said when asked about the buildings tenant.

He said the property owners and tenant are working on a purchase agreement for the land.

Also, Harrison said they are trying to get all the preliminary steps out of the way in terms of the project and said they are covering all their bases.

ProVenture Commercial Real Estate owns two large parcels of land off SR 840 in Lebanon, one adjacent to Permobil with around 97 acres available and another in front of Amazons current location with around 27 acres available.

According to the site plan, Building 300 would be located on the 97-acre parcel adjacent to Permobil and bordered by Stewarts Ferry Pike to the south. Randy Wolcott of ProVenture could not be reached for comment as of press time for this story.

In regards to the site plans added to the Lebanon Planning Commissions agenda, Will Hager, Lebanon planning director, pointed out the property lies within both Lebanon city limits and Wilson County.

The property actually straddles Wilson County and Lebanon jurisdictions, Hager said. He also referred to a measure passed by Wilson County Commission on Monday night related to Project Tango.

County commission passed a measure on Monday supporting the City of Lebanons lead on applying for grants through the Tennessee Department of Transportation State Industrial Access program for road construction for Project Tango.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said Monday night the property involved in Project Tango falls within both city and county jurisdiction, but noted he reached an agreement with Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead that would have Lebanon taking the lead on all grant applications.

Project Tango itself, the property lies within the city of Lebanon and the county of Wilson, Hutto told the commission. The measure passed 19-1 with District 10 Commissioner Nathan Clariday voting against the agreement.

Lebanon Planning Commission will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, to consider the site plans for this property and other items.

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