Those interested in the ever more popular electronic cigarettes and vapor products will be able to get their fix in Franklin starting next week. The backers of Vapor Cafe will open their doors May 3 in the Williamson Square shopping center on Highway 96.
Williamson County's economic development leaders say they have raised about $2 million of the $2.9 million target for their five-year Economic Partnership strategic plan. The successes so far have been led by early pledges from seven so-called Founding and Platinum Investors: Jackson National Life, Tractor Supply, Grand Avenue, Mars Petcare, Saint Thomas Health, Video Gaming Technologies and Williamson Medical Center. Each of those entities has committed $100,000 or more over the next five years. Check out the Chamber's press release here.
A Houston-based company is hoping to develop a $60 million 406-unit apartment complex on six acres in Franklin, The Tennessean reports.
Meeks + Partners has the Nichol Mill Lane site under contract, according to the morning daily. The four-story building would include a 674-space parking deck and units renting in a range from about $900 to $2,500 a month, the paper reports.
City of Franklin approval will be needed.
Of note, Meeks + Partners owns Rutledge Hill property that has been linked to a proposed project called City Lights. The company, led by Don Meeks (pictured), was the architect for The Manning luxury condo mid-rise, which was planned for Woodmont Boulevard in the mid-2000s but failed to materialize.
Meeks + Partners also was to have served as the architect for what is now 909 Flats, which Lincoln Property Co. and MetLife Inc. are co-developing on a Hope Gardens site fronting Rosa Parks Boulevard in North Nashville. Niles Bolton Associates replaced Meeks as the architect for the project.
Colorado-based Maui Wowi franchise — which specializes in fruit smoothies and coffee grown in Hawaii — will open in the new Berry Farms development off Lewisburg Pike south of Franklin. This past August, the company opened its first Tennessee location in Mt. Juliet. The gourmet coffee blends include beans from four of the Hawaiian Islands: Kona, Molokai, Kauai, and Maui. The Nashville Scene has more here.
Cool Springs-based Wyndchase Aspen Grove garden-style apartment complex has sold for $83 million, The Tennessean reports. The purchase price is the single-greatest ever for a Nashville-area apartment property, according to the morning daily.
H.G. Hill Realty Company announced today its will host meetings on April 3 and April 10 to seek Brentwood residents' input regarding the future development of the company's property on Franklin Road.
Both meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Tennessee Baptist Convention building located at 5001 Maryland Way.
The Nashville-based developer originally wanted to team with GBT Realty to reinvent the site — last home to Murray Ohio and the TBC — with a large-scale mixed-use project. To span 17 acres and be called The Streets of Brentwood (read here), the proposed project met with some strong citizen push-back and was scrapped (read here).
In a release, Hill Realty officials said the two meetings will be held as part of an analysis of development options for the site, which anchors the southwest corner of the Maryland Way and Franklin Road intersection.
The company will not be presenting development plans during the sessions, according to the release. Rather, Hill officials will “engage in a dialogue with interested citizens to help guide and inform internal planning.”
The meetings will not replace the formal process required by the City of Brentwood planning department and zoning code, the release notes.
Hill purchased the TBC site in late 2013 (read more here). It already owned the former Murray Ohio land.
The Factory at Franklin is slated to host the inaugural Franklin Craft Beer Festival on Thursday, July 31. Organizer Matt Lowney wants to offer up to 30 micro-brewed beers at the event and hopes to draw between 400 and 500 attendees. Read more here.