Catherine Powers, Franklin's director of planning and sustainability, has unexpectedly resigned her post, effective immediately. Powers had been on the job for five years. Emily West at Franklin Homepage writes that city leaders didn't give much of an explanation at all Tuesday evening as to the circumstances of her exit.
The Franklin Historic Zoning Commission on Monday night voted to approve plans for Harpeth Square, the $80 million mixed-use project planned for the northeast quadrant of downtown Franklin. Commissioners had voted against the plan less than a month ago, citing concerns about building height and massing. Emily West at Franklin Homepage has more info and context here on the meeting, which got just a bit contentious at one point.
"A lot of you are supportive of the project," Reynolds said. "But there's just as many that don't. You are just more powerful and louder. I would like to vote for this project, but I feel like I am being pushed into a corner. I've been disappointed in the developers willingness to address our concerns."
The crowd immediately called back in unison, "Where are they?" and meeting chairman Besser gaveled them into silence.
A local developer is looking to assemble a decent chunk of property in the Brentwood Town Center, reports Jonathan Romeo at Brentwood Homepage. Peter Whitely last week went before city planning officials to discuss his plans for renovating a Pewitt Drive property he owns. But the bigger picture, Romeo writes, involves his intent to piece together neighboring parcels for a signature project to help define the southern edge of the Town Center district.
"It's a longer term project that, if it all come into fruition, will be something for Brentwood to take pride in," Whitely told Brentwood Home Page.
"Most of it is really unknown at this point. But my intentions are good. What I'm trying to achieve is to give Brentwood that sense of identity with more of an old-world, historic downtown center at the same time incorporating the needs of today."
Charlotte-based Crescent Communities and Pearl Street Partners of Brentwood have named Mallard Homes and Regent Homes as the builder partners for their Lockwood Glen residential development in Franklin.
Mallard Homes is based in Brentwood, with Regent Homes based in Nashville. The two companies will build 38 single-family homes and townhomes representing phase four of the 220-acre master-planned community located along Carothers Parkway south of Highway 96.
“In Lockwood Glen, we’ve created a place where neighbors can easily come together in an idyllic setting just a short drive from the great city of Nashville,” Keith Glenn, Crescent senior vice president for the Carolinas and Tennessee, said in a release. “The builders we selected share our vision for this ... community, and we look forward to working with them on the next stage of the neighborhood.”
The Mallory Park district that links Cool Springs' retail district with southern Brentwood continues to add uses. The latest project involves local hotel entrepreneur Chandler Kanal paying $1.3 million for a three-acre tract that has frontage on Interstate 65. There, he plans to build an 83-room Comfort Suites hotel. Jonathan Romeo at Brentwood Homepage has the details, including the developer's planned timeline for the project's next steps.
Franklin contractor and preservationist Bill Powell is bringing to market the old fire hall building near the city's Five Points intersection. The 11,000-square-foot structure opens both to Main Street and Fair Street, is two doors down from Sweet CeCe's and will soon get a Jamba Juice store as its neighbor. Learn more about the project at this link.
A rendering of how the facade of the building could be reimagined.
An ambitious $80 million plan to overhaul several blocks of downtown Franklin was dealt a major blow Monday night when the city's Historic Zoning Commission voted against the project's proposed height.
Commissioners voting against the plans for Harpeth Square said they were concerned about the mixed-use project's four-story heights in some areas. But developer Rod Heller said afterward that his team's goal of making Harpeth Square a high-end mix of hotel, residential and retail requires those dimensions to make financial sense.
Heller and his partners now need to sit down with city officials to figure out a compromise.
"We believe almost everyone in Franklin wants this project, and we will be very disappointed if it won't work," Heller said. "We are not talking about whether change will occur in our city but what type of change. Genie is out of the bottle here in Middle Tennessee."
Emily West at Franklin Homepage has much more here.
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