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.
The Nashville-area micro-beer community continues to grow, with the opening of Murff’s Craft Brews and Burgers in Brentwood the latest positive development for the local scene.
Owned and operated by the same folks associated with The Corner Pub in Bellevue and Brentwood, Murff’s is located a few blocks west of Franklin Road on Harpeth Drive in the former Phillips Deli space adjacent to Maryland Farms.
Read more here at Post sister publication Nashville Scene.
The opening follows the recent announcement that Knoxville-based craft beer retail store franchise company The Casual Pint is targeting a late-June opening for a shop on Hillsboro Road in Franklin (read here).
The people behind popular 12South restaurant MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub have signed a lease to open a 10,000-square-foot location in The Factory at Franklin.
Business partners Michael Dolan, Lars Kopperud and Brett Corrieri expect to open the doors at The Factory at August. Their two-story space will include a renovated roof patio and a downstairs patio facing one of The Factory's courtyards. The restaurant will employ between 40 and 50 people.
“We will stay true to our vision of creating a fun, family oriented, neighborhood atmosphere that offers great Italian food, and we are very excited to partner with the Factory at Franklin on our third location and serve our existing and new customers in Williamson County,” Dolan said in a release.
Dolan, Kopperud and Corrieri also plan to expand their Franklin project to include lunch, Sunday brunch, live music and local delivery service. Check out their press release here.
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