Franklin officials are scrambling to come up with a Plan B for the city's household recycling program after a new subcontractor to Williamson County — with which the city is partnering — said it needs to be paid 50 percent more to also handle the city's blue bags. From the Herald:
The unexpected increase resulted in the department rerouting hundreds of blue bags full of household recyclable materials to a temporary storage facility off Hillsboro Road, formerly used for the department’s operations.
The Board of Mayor and Alderman verbally gave Stuckey permission to begin working with Marshall County’s Solid Waste Department, pending the approval of the neighboring county’s board of commissioners.
Atlanta-based North American Properties is targeting a mid-February closing on the acquisition of Cool Springs property on which it plans to develop a 363-unit luxury apartment project.
Richard Munger, North American Properties, partner and vice president of development, said the company has the site under contract with owners Alan Revelette and Sunil Patel. Don Meeks, founder of Texas-based Meeks + Partners, previously had the site under contract but assigned his rights to acquire to NAP. If the project materializes, Meeks + Partners will be the architect of record, Munger said.
“This will be a quasi-urban development,” Munger (pictured at right) said, noting the project will offer structured parking (as opposed to the suburban model of surface lots) and some respectable building density. The development, for which a name has yet to be announced, will feature one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments and many of the amenities found at NAP’s eight-story 200-unit Park Central building located on 25th Avenue North in the West End corridor.
The Franklin Planning Commission has approved a rezoning of the six-acre site located on Nichol Mill Lane across from Academy Sports and next to Heritage Medical Associates. The Franklin Board of Alderman must now OK the rezoning on three readings. See the site — the large green space — here in an image courtesy of Google Maps.
Franklin-based billionaire Brad Kelley has acquired 207 acres in Williamson County for $18.6 million, Nashville Business Journal reports.
The lands sits at the site where Cool Springs Boulevard dead-ends into Mack Hatcher Parkway within the Franklin city limits.
Forbes estimates Kelley's net worth at $2.1 billion.
Read more here.
The lead singer of Better Than Ezra is leading a group that's organizing a two-day acoustic music and food festival at Franklin's Harlinsdale Farm complex. The goal is to feature artists from a number of genres and draw about 15,000 people. Michael Ackley at Franklin Homepage has more info.
Ward 4 Alderman Margaret Martin asked if the event will turn into another music festival like Bonaroo. Griffin responded by saying that "the 'B' word is a bad word for us."
"This Franklin festival skews older," he said. "We're not going for kids. There is no camping. This will suit the high-end atmosphere of Franklin."
Los Angeles-based Sky Zone is preparing to open its first Nashville-area indoor trampoline park early next year in part of the former Kroger store in Franklin's Williamson Square. Franchisee Chris Avery has leased about 20,000 square feet and tells Franklin Homepage he is aiming to open his doors in February.
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