Claiming that the survival of O'More College of Design is in question, a group of faculty members two months ago sent a letter to the Franklin school's board of directors outlining a series of complaints regarding the actions of President Mark Hilliard. But that hasn't resulted in any action, writes Richel Albright at Franklin Home Page.
Several supporting documents obtained by Franklin Home Page claim that Hilliard has not accurately reported financial figures to the board and has spent money from the school’s budget “researching” themes for parties and fundraising events on the campus which often see no return in funds.
Porsche of Nashville has decamped to the suburbs, moving to Mallory Lane in Brentwood from the spot on Franklin Road in Berry Hill it shared with Audi Nashville and Jaguar Nashville.
All three stores are owned by the publicly held corporation Sonic Automotive Inc. headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index, is among the largest automotive retailers in the United States. These dealerships provide comprehensive services, including sales of both new and used cars and light trucks, sales of replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and collision repair services, and arrangement of extended warranty contracts, financing and insurance for the company's customers.
Sonic Automotive operates over 100 dealerships spread across 15 states and 26 major metropolitan markets. They represent approximately 30 different automotive brands with the majority of dealerships being luxury and import brands. Sonic is an industry-leading automotive retailer committed to providing customers with an outstanding automotive experience that is delivered with professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm.
The legal dispute between The Contributor and Brentwood is, apparently, on-going. A federal court sided with the city on their street-sales ban.
Kubis reports that the city's attorney, Horner, also argued that Contributor vendors were not taking advantage of other means of distribution, such as door-to-door sales. She goes on to note that "judges on the appeal panel did express skepticism... that suburban homeowners would open their doors to homeless salespeople."
The Del Webb division of homebuilding giant Pulte is running into some serious resistance to its plans to build a 400-acre, 775-home project on Del Rio Pike north of Franklin. Pulte execs already have retreated a bit from their original plans for the property they have under contract, but even the county's mayor has some clear words for the company.
“I think Del Webb is a very fine company, but I think what they’re proposing there, that’s not the character in what is around that area, and it’s certainly not in the character in what’s in Franklin,” Anderson said. “I think they’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Some preservationists are kicking up a fuss about plans by developer Bob Parks to build 20 houses on Old Hillsboro Road near Natchez Trace. They say the homes will disturb the view from the Trace but the site is zoned appropriately for the project. Sky Arnold at Fox 17 has the details on the construction plans, which go before the Williamson County Planning Commission tonight.
Real estate research firm Zillow's latest report on the Middle Tennessee housing market includes plenty of good news, especially for Williamson County homeowners. The company's price index for the Nashville MSA, which estimates the median value of all homes in the area, climbed 3.4 percent in the year ended June 30. Leading the way among local cities is Thompson's Station, where the median value has shot up almost 12 percent in the past 12 months. Franklin and Brentwood come in second and third with gains of 9.3 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
Those looking for more big local price gains are likely to be disappointed, however. Zillow's researchers expect the median home value to rise just 0.3 percent. Among the region's cities, Thompson's Station is expected to gain 3 percent by mid-2014. Franklin is the only other area forecast to see prices rise more than 2 percent. Check out the full list here.
Thompson's Station officials this week wrapped up their purchase of more than 100 acres of undeveloped land north of the city. The plan is to leave the property as is for now but to take a Central Park-like approach to its future development.
“The land lends itself to connectivity through pedestrian and bicycle trails, preservation of historic and natural assets — including a portion of the Civil War battlefield — equine and agricultural uses, and various other passive recreation opportunities,” he said. “There are a lot of possibilities here, a lot of avenues through which this property can help realize the town's broader parks and open space vision.”
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