City donates land to COPE

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Last year, the COPE domestic violence shelter donated a piece of land to the City of Lebanon.
Monday night, the Lebanon City Council donated the land at 486 West Pierce Street back to the nonprofit organization so COPE can sell the property to a housing developer and profit from the sale.
Brian Thompson, CEO of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. provided the council with background on the land transfer.
“In early 2018, the COPE organization donated a vacant parcel of property to the City of Lebanon with an intended use for a pocket park,” city officials wrote in a memo. “Recently, a local developer who owns an adjacent property with a dilapidated structure began discussing the newly-approved housing incentives with Joe Berkich and Brian Thompson. He inquired about the ownership of the vacant parcel as he would like to re-plat the two sites into three new parcels to build two 2-bedroom homes and a 3-bedroom home as part of the housing programs.

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