An update in a story we brought you last week as Lebanon city officials have approved the proposal for a new building on Route 12A on the site of the closed Pizza Hut. On Monday night, the Planning Board approved a new multi-tenant building, which will be twice the size of the former Pizza Hut building. Once completed, it will have space for a dental office, a restaurant, and retail storefronts. The plot of land is owned by Dead River Properties from Maine, who owns August Bristol Pizza LLC.
The board approved three waivers that were sought for the project, which were passed on a near-unanimous vote. Pizza Hut closed the West Lebanon branch in November without warning, similar to some other businesses along the main drag in recent years.
Across the street, BJ’s is planning to build on the former site of Friendly’s to create a gas station. Further north up 12A, consumers may expect a PetSmart building in the future for their pet needs. Meanwhile, in the Wal-Mart plaza, Michaels is looking to move into the storefront formerly occupied by Books-A-Million, which has moved to the K-Mart plaza. Many changes are coming to downtown West Lebanon and the Planning Board is continuing to process all requests.