Crews will start on August 23rd demolishing the first two buildings of three that will come down in downtown Franklin for the $80 million Harpeth Square project.
But the project’s first potential city approvals won’t come until October, as developers need more time to fine-tune plans and make one final push to acquire another property in downtown Franklin.
Harpeth Square co-developer Rod Heller said he plans to file for city construction approvals in October rather than September, as he had earlier said.
“We are going to file in early October in order to make one last ditch, and so far unsuccessful, effort to acquire one last piece of (Bridge Street) property,” Heller said.
Meantime, workers will begin tearing down an empty building at 109 First Ave. and the former offices of Henry Drilling & Pumps Inc. at 133 First Ave. N. to make way for the Harpeth Square development.
On Tuesday, crews will begin tearing down the vacant former county public defender’s office at 112 Second Ave.
The five-acre Harpeth Square property is bordered by Main and Bridge streets and First and Second avenues.
Heller, along with Harpeth Square co-developer Jay Franks, began purchasing properties in downtown Franklin in recent years for the project, which includes a 120-room boutique hotel, new retail and restaurant space and about 150,000 square feet for luxury apartments for what is today a virtually empty city block.
He said the project is “a little different” than what was earlier proposed and said he would spell out those changes this fall.
Separately, Heller said crews also will tear down a former coin-operated car wash at 1416 Columbia Ave. next week.
Heller bought the car wash to one day be a part of a Columbia Avenue Civil War battlefield park.
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Written by Kevin Walters