Knoxville-based restaurant group Connor Concepts has signed up to build a 7,500-square-foot steak and seafood eatery in the wing being added to the CoolSprings Galleria. The restaurant will be able to host 350 people at a time and be close to where The Cheesecake Factory recently opened its doors on the west side of the mall. From WilliamsonSource:
The project, set to be completed by winter of 2015, just in time for the busy Christmas shopping season, and will be a part of the mall’s redevelopment. The restaurant will be built on the south west side of the center.
SEE ALSO: More on the Galleria's partial redevelopment, which includes the addition of H&M and American Girl
Atlanta-based North American Properties is targeting a mid-February closing on the acquisition of Cool Springs property on which it plans to develop a 363-unit luxury apartment project.
Richard Munger, North American Properties, partner and vice president of development, said the company has the site under contract with owners Alan Revelette and Sunil Patel. Don Meeks, founder of Texas-based Meeks + Partners, previously had the site under contract but assigned his rights to acquire to NAP. If the project materializes, Meeks + Partners will be the architect of record, Munger said.
“This will be a quasi-urban development,” Munger (pictured at right) said, noting the project will offer structured parking (as opposed to the suburban model of surface lots) and some respectable building density. The development, for which a name has yet to be announced, will feature one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments and many of the amenities found at NAP’s eight-story 200-unit Park Central building located on 25th Avenue North in the West End corridor.
The Franklin Planning Commission has approved a rezoning of the six-acre site located on Nichol Mill Lane across from Academy Sports and next to Heritage Medical Associates. The Franklin Board of Alderman must now OK the rezoning on three readings. See the site — the large green space — here in an image courtesy of Google Maps.
Thompson Burton announced today it has hired Justin Campbell as an associate, the latest in many moves the Cool Springs-based firm has made during the past 12 months or so.
Previously, Campbell served as an associate attorney at Nashville-based firm Garfinkle, McLemore, and Young.
Campbell (pictured) has experience with both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, with past work including representing debtors in proceedings and representing corporations and financial institutions as creditors in state court litigations, judgment enforcement, debt collection and bankruptcy proceedings. Campbell has also worked with bankruptcy trustees to analyze cases and evaluate potential assets, and to represent them in litigation. In addition, he has represented commercial clients in contract and landlord-tenant disputes.
Campbell received his bachelor’s degree with double majors in political science and history from the University of Tennessee. He later earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012.
At Ole Miss, Campbell was the founding editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Sports Law Review and participated in the Mississippi Innocence Project, working to exonerate the wrongly convicted in Mississippi’s state prisons. He also worked as a research assistant for Dr. William W. Berry related to criminal law and capital punishment.
Campbell will aid Thompson Burton Partners Ronn Steen and Phillip G. Young, Jr., in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice group, as well as working on other commercial litigation, according to a release.
“I am very excited to have Justin on board, but my clients are even more excited,” Young said in the release. “Justin is known for his excellent client service and his ability to handle a wide variety of client matters, from the largest bankruptcy to a general sessions lawsuit.”
Thompson Burton has been on a growth spurt of late. In November 2013, the firm announced the completion of its relocation within Seven Corporate Centre in Cool Springs, a move (read here) that has since been followed by personnel additions. Steen joined Thompson Burton in March (read here), with Young having joined in April (read here). Thompson Burton added Jennifer M. Lankford as an associate this past July.
The new owners of the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs have brought on board Memphis-based Davidson Hotels & Resorts to manage the high-profile property and its adjacent publicly owned conference center. Crow Holdings Capital snapped up the 300-room hotel earlier this summer and plans to pump a lot of money into a comprehensive renovation of guests rooms and public spaces. The two companies have worked with each across the country for more than a decade.
A major piece of Williamson County property — and likely the last of its size in the general Cool Springs area — has hit the market.
Denver-based Amstar has appointed HFF to market and sell Northside at McEwen, an undeveloped 44.9-acre tract located near CoolSprings Galleria and on the west side of Interstate 65.
The land is zoned to accommodate a mixture of uses, including more than 870,000 square feet of commercial space, 580 residential units and a 150-room hotel.
HFF previously represented Amstar in June when the intermediary sold Southside at McEwen, a high-end grocery center anchored by Whole Foods.
HFF Managing Directors Jim Hamilton and Richard Reid are marketing the tract, for which an asking price has not been set.
“I think that this land will command a premium because this is the last major piece of land for development of scale in Cool Springs and such a tremendous amount of development,” Hamilton said. “This is the last major piece of a major scale.”
Crow Holdings Capital Partners, an investment fund associated with the Trammell Crow family, has a contract to acquire the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs for an undisclosed sum, according to Nashville Business Journal.
The hotel last sold in 2007 for $56 million, NBJ reported.
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, which has 297 guest rooms and three suites, was built 15 years ago. The attached conference center is jointly owned by Williamson County and the city of Franklin. The new owner is investing in a renovation of the hotel and will keep the Marriott brand.
Franklin Realco LLC, which NBJ reported is registered to Atlanta’s Noble Investment Group, owns the hotel.
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