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."
The Murfreesboro City Council on Thursday approved plans for the $2.6 million sale of 12 acres adjoining Medical Center Parkway to developer Scott Graby, who plans to build The Fountains at Gateway office and retail park.
Graby hopes to close on his purchase this month and begin infrastructure site work in April. His project's $23 million first phase — a four-story, 100,000-square-foot office building as well as two retail buildings — is slated for completion in early 2016. The Hearthstone team also includes H. Michael Hindman Architects, Huddleston Steel Engineering and Roundtree and Associates in conjunction with Huddleston-Steele.
“We worked closely with the city to envision a development that would attract new jobs that currently don’t exist in Murfreesboro,” Graby said. “The Fountains at Gateway will provide small- and mid-sized professional companies high-end features and upscale aesthetics. This combined with the convenience of shops and restaurants that cater to the needs and desires of their employees bring an attractive corporate campus to the Gateway environment.”
Future phases will include a mirror image of the first buildings on the opposite side of a central boulevard and a single-tenant headquarters building of up to 180,000 square feet.
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