As part of the Scene's 2015 Gimme Shelter issue, Jim Ridley traveled down to Columbia to see how the creative class is helping revitalize the center of the Maury County seat — without the not-so-good-at-all side effects that redevelopment has brought with it in parts of Nashville.
What's different is the energy feeding into the square these days. Startlingly affordable property, coupled with a zoning mix downtown that allows first-floor commercial and second-floor residential, is luring tech businesses, music companies, restaurants and a variety of boutiques back to the once fading town hub. So far, they say, there's no sign of the hipster poisoning, ruthless development or chain proliferation that has infected many Middle Tennessee hot spots.
(Photo by Eric England)
A high-profile road realignment project in Murfreesboro is running well behind schedule and now won't be finished until the end of 2017 rather than the middle of next year. Jennifer Reyes at NewsChannel 5 has the update on the "Bridge over Broad."
Lee Co., one of the largest private companies headquartered in Williamson County, plans to build a 100,000-square-foot home office in the Berry Farms development, where it has bought about seven acres. Getahn Ward at The Tennessean has the details on the planned move, which is similar to one in the works for Dave Ramsey's financial planning enterprise.
Perko said Lee Co. chose Berry Farms to reasons similar to its choice of Cool Springs years ago for its current headquarters.
“It’s in the path of progress,” he said about Berry Farms where Lee Co.’s planned building will be among the first office space. “We feel like we’re getting ahead by being in the new development.”
Franklin city officials and Williamson County leaders have approved millions of dollars of tax abatements and other incentives to facilitate the headquarters relocation of the holding company for Dave Ramsey's financial planning tools and services. Lampo Group/Ramsey Solutions plans to build a new home office to replace its base in Cool Springs. Nothing definitive about the new HQ's location has been announced, but public officials have said Ramsey has picked a section of Boyle Investments' large Berry Farms project at the Goose Creek exit off Intestate 65 for the $98 million project. (The area encompasses the blue section in the bottom right of the image below.)
Emily West at Franklin Homepage has a rundown of the incentives — which include more than $3.7 million from the county — as well as Lampo's ambitious hiring plans, which stretch well into next decade.
Franklin Synergy Bank officials are preparing to open their Nolensville office and have contracted with Century Skanska to handle some design and construction work. The project in the Brittain Plaza center being developed on Nolensville Pike by Stevens Group is worth $184,000. The bank holding company (Ticker: FSB) also recently finalized a deal with the contractor to expand its home office in downtown Franklin.
Arizona-based Sprouts Fresh Market will early next year open a store in the Maples Shopping Center on Highway 96/Murfreesboro Road in Franklin. The lease for space formerly occupied by Stein Mart fills one of the last Maples gaps for owner Brookside Properties, which bought the center in the middle of last year and has since been investing heavily in renovations. Sprouts, which was founded in 2002, runs more than 200 stores in 13 states. Its Franklin outpost will employ about 100 people.
Sweet news from Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville: Locally owned startup bakery Five Daughters is adding a retail presence not just at its production center in The Factory at Franklin but also in 12South space that had housed the Corrieri's cheese shop. Look for openings later this fall.
Meek says that right now about 80 percent of their current demand is for doughnuts, including '100 Layer,' stuffed and 'paleo crushers.' But they also offer options such as kouign amaan (a crispy, caramelized croissant), cupcakes, custom cakes, biscuits, cinammon rolls and more, utilizing primarily local and organic ingredients.
POSTDATA: WARRANTY DEEDS