Bristol plans downtown Franklin development

17-cottage Vandalia will break ground on Boyd Mill Avenue

Franklin-based Bristol Development Group will break ground soon on Vandalia Cottages, a small residential development on one of Franklin's last undeveloped downtown tracts.

Seventeen units using four different cottage home designs ranging from 1,250 to 1,805 square feet will be built around common courtyards.

“We’ve become very attuned to what buyers are looking for within the urban core in Nashville and other major markets, and pocket neighborhoods are addressing this missing element that people find really attractive — smartly designed, smaller spaces and high-end finishes within a tight-knit community,” said Ashlyn Hines, a principal at Bristol. “This is a price point for quality new construction that hasn’t existed inside the Mack Hatcher loop, much less within walking distance of Main Street. It’s a lifestyle that a lot of different buyers are looking for.”

The cottages will be priced between the $200s and low $400s.

Vandalia Cottages will break ground in the coming weeks, with the installation of a bridge across Sharp’s Branch from New Highway 96 West for vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic to downtown Franklin will be via Boyd Mill Avenue.

Nashville-based DA|AD has designed the cottages, which feature broad front porches facing the open space. The homes will include high-end appliances, granite and hardwoods with reclaimed "historic front doors."

Bob Parks Realty will lead the sales push.