Revitalizing Downtown Lebanon
LDR photo/Kelly Morgan
City of Lebanon employees Jay Hopper and Tim Green pour concrete for the landing of an Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant ramp in front of Madison Street Grill Wednesday.
The construction in front of Madison Street Grill represents just one part of an ongoing effort to revitalize downtown Lebanon.
The city has been working on the DREAM (Downtown Revitalization And Economic Assistance for Missouri ) Initiative for the better part of a decade. The initiative is described as a partnership between the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Missouri Development Finance Board and the Missouri Housing Development Commission to provide communities across the state with access to technical and financial assistance for downtown revitalization.
The City of Lebanon was one of 10 Missouri communities selected for the DREAM program in the fall of 2008. The plan was finished in 2015. Ben DeClue, assistant to the city administrator, said a few improvements are under way now.
“We want to create a sense of place, something special,” DeClue said. “We have a great core of businesses downtown and we want to capitalize on that.”
Currently, the corner of Commercial and Madison is bustling with activity. Sidewalk space is being expanded in front of Madison Street Grill and will allow outside service. DeClue said this fits in with one of the main principles of Lebanon’s DREAM plan, to make the downtown more inviting to pedestrians.