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."
Regional lender Metropolitan Bank said Tuesday afternoon it has signed a lease for ground-floor space in the One Franklin Park office tower being finished in Cool Springs by Spectrum | Emery.
The leaders of Metropolitan, which entered the Nashville market in early 2012 and now has about $100 million in local loans, will relocate their current operations on Westgate Circle to Franklin Park, which will have Acadia Healthcare, law firm Thompson Burton and Franklin American Mortgage among its tenants. The branch is expected to be up and running by the end of the third quarter.
“We’ve worked hard to grow a number of tremendous client relationships in our current space in Williamson County, but with the growth of our team and client base it is time to establish a larger, more visible presence in the market,” said Bill Menkel, Metropolitan’s Nashville market CEO. “Williamson County is an important market for Metropolitan and we want to establish a location which will provide enhanced convenience for both existing and prospective clients, but at the end of the day, it’s our people and the client experience they deliver each day that makes Metropolitan truly unique.”
The new office will be home to up to 12 employees. For more info, click here.
The Tennessee Attorney General's Office and the state Division of Consumer Affairs have reached an agreement with auto dealer Wholesale Inc. that calls on the company to change its advertising. The deal comes after a complaint from a soldier stationed at Fort Campbell led to allegations that the company violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act in marketing a fictitious lender and saying it was marketing a limited amount of loans to military personnel. Check out more info here.
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.
Husband-and-wife couple Bob and Kemberly Harris are opening a downtown Franklin store selling or renting Pedego electric bicycles. The store is located at 104 E. Main St. — which is in the footprint of the planned $80 million mixed-use Harpeth Square project — and will host an grand opening celebration April 11.
Brentwood commissioners voted Monday night to eliminate residential development options in the city's Town Center district, citing the need to assess the impact of about 400 units that have been completed or are now being built.
"Our infrastructure is scarce and we can't overrun it," Commissioner Mark Gorman said.
"[Brentwood] is a very special suburban city and it's a great place our residents call home ... I can't help what's gone on in Town Center. Now there are ... 403 residential units in the Town Center downtown area. It's unfortunate that it all happened with that Tapestry. Maybe some would have been okay but right now it's too late and we can't fix what's happened."
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