You might think the recent economic development successes — HQs from all over, expansions here and there and a new big-name tenant bringing 100 jobs — would be having a negastive impact on the pipeline for the folks at the Williamson County Office of Economic Development. Think again: Since the spring, the scope of the projects for which Williamson is competing has stayed steady at about 10,000 jobs and more than 3 million square feet of space.
Franklin-based Southern Land Co. has joined Churchill Mortgage to form a preferred lender partnership to serve its area developments.
Southern Land is known for its traditional neighborhood development Westhaven in Williamson County. The company recently broke ground on Elliston 23, a mixed-use apartment project in the West End corridor near Vanderbilt University. Elliston 23 is the company’s first urban development, with Southern Land’s design division handling architecture work.
Interestingly, financial guru Dave Ramsey exclusively endorses the Brentwood-based Churchill Mortgage.
Williamson County-based Dan Kraus, a home loan specialist with Churchill, will spearhead the effort. He will operate out of Westhaven’s realty office.
Westhaven is located just outside of downtown Franklin on Highway 96 West. There are some 1,000 homes in the community, with more than 20 commercial and retail tenants, a private golf course and an elementary school. The development is similar in various ways to some of the TNDs Miami-based design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company has created and made nationally well known.
In addition to Westhaven, Southern Land communities in Williamson County include LaurelBrooke and Windstone.
Local entrepreneurs Tracy and John Stayskal will in early December open their second area Tutoring Club location in Southern Land's Westhaven Town Center. The Stayskals also run a Nolensville site for Tutoring Club, which is based in Nevada and runs about 140 franchised locations around the country. For Southern Land, the venture lifts Westhaven Town Center's occupancy to 94 percent.