7 Projects Changing the Face of Williamson County

Harpeth Square Hotel

This $87 million development includes a boutique hotel and luxury apartments smack dab on the Harpeth in downtown Franklin. The project will be on the mostly-idle first block of Franklin and include a 115-room four star hotel, 155 luxury apartments, about 30,000 square feet of retail space and (who doesn’t like the sound of this?) a 600-space parking garage open to the public.

The complex will sit on much of an entire square block, between First and Second Avenues and Main and Bridge Streets.

The developers, Harpeth Associates LLC hope to complete construction by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Of the 155 apartments, 75 will be two-bedroom and 14 will  be three-bedroom.

Approved in May of 2015, the project nearly did not pass. The Historic Zoning Commission originally voted it down, 3-4, concerned that its size and scope were not quite in line with the historic feel of downtown. However, revised plans to Harpeth Square changed some things in the way of the outside design look, such as a painted and recessed fourth story, but the scale and size remain the same. Its original plans  passed the BOMA unanimously before the HZC put on the brakes and forced  the developers to revise the plans a bit, but construction is set to begin this summer.

The new plans to Harpeth Square changed some things in the way of the outside design look, such as a painted and recessed fourth story, but the scale and size remained the same.

Rooftop Restaurant On The Square

This one might not be big in size, but in terms of stature it definitely is. The first rooftop restaurant in all of Williamson County is coming to the square in Franklin.

Construction is about to begin on renovation of the First Tennessee Building, adding street level and rooftop restaurants and second-and-third-floor office space on the square in downtown Franklin.  Set to open in the summer of 2017, the 231 Public Square project will be capable of accommodating up to 500 guests and make downtown Franklin even more of a weekend night destination.

The 231 Public Square building promises to re-envision the 1970s-era former First Tennessee building, while adding a 6,500 square-foot ground level restaurant that opens to the Square and 20,000 square feet of Class A office space on two floors. With 160 linear feet of 14-foot high first-floor windows and a large patio street-side, the building will become a destination for locals and visitors. Inside, a grand lobby and multi-floor architectural stairwell will greet patrons, along with passenger and service elevators for easy access to the rooftop restaurant. Outside, a private fountain courtyard will offer a respite from the action on the Square for the guests of the restaurant and tenants.


Ovation is a nearly $1 billion mixed-use development in Cool Springs. Nestled in at the corner of Carothers Parkway and McEwen Drive, it is one of the last pieces of undeveloped land along the so-called Cool Springs corridor. That is, the land along I-65 between Carothers Parkway and Mallory Lane, for the most part, but more narrowly just between Carothers and I-65.

Ovation’s plan envisions 950 residential units, 480,000 square feet of retail space, 1.4 million square feet of “top grade Class A” office space, and two hotels with a combined 450 rooms.

In essence it aims to create an urban environment to live, work and play in within the suburban Cool Springs.

The first phase of construction is underway, with the 392-apartment Uptown at ovation complex, aimed at young professionals.

There are a slew of developers coming in, they include: Highwoods Properties [office] (Raleigh, N.C.); Thomas Enterprises [retail] (Atlanta); Bristol Development Group [multifamily] (Franklin); SouthStar LLC (Franklin). Although SouthStar started the ball rolling it has recently been selling off its interests- basically saying the size and scope of the development grew beyond its grasp.

Two confirmed tenants include Pinstripes, which signed a 15-year lease, and Kinnucan’s, a specialty outfitter based in Alabama.

Developers are working on cementing construction loans and full-scale building could begin this summer.

Berry Farms

For a few years now, a development has been in the works in the area around the Peytonsville Road exit off I-65. In a way, it is connecting a dot between the Franklin and Spring Hill exits on the interstate.

Berry Farms is a 600-acre area zoned for mixed use development. We have done several stories on numerous businesses opening or coming soon to Berry Farms. The town center will be the heart-and-soul of the huge development.

There are several on-going developments on the site.

Town Center is going to bring 585,000 square feet of office space, 550,000 square feet of retail space and 650 residential units along Rural Plains Circle. It is currently under construction.

Reams-Flemming is a proposed 1.3 million square feet of office, 850,000 square feet of retail and 400 apartment units at

4425 Peytonsville Road.

Chadwell at Berry Farms is a proposed development that would bring 1.17 million square feet of office space, 393,000 square feet of retail space and 100 residential units at Interstate 65/Goosecreek Parkway.

Two Farms (Tiger Woods Golf Course)

At the end of last year, Thompson’s Station annexed some 1,229 acres between West Harpeth Road and Coleman Road, and has now zoned it to allow a huge mixed-use community that will be built around a Tiger Woods-designed golf course. Beacon Development and the golfer are teamed up to create the $150 million development that will include about 800 homes, a health center and, of course, a golf course designed by Woods.

Construction could start as soon as this month. Originally the developers were ready to break ground  in March, but there has been some push back by Thompson’s Station residents. The town Board of Mayor and Alderman wanted to be sure that in approving the deal that the municipality would get something out of it, including infrastructure improvements and school building.

Some 850 acres of the plan would be open space.


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Oh my, A-Game. This project itself won’t change the face of the county. But the repercussions of the sportsplex closing for good could.  There has been a lot in the news lately, as A-Game got sued by its tenants for trying to break their lease years early. But the bottom line is that sportsplex- and its 12 volleyball courts and two sheets of ice- was a center for club sports in the county, and its closing leaves a vacuum.

The county, responding to the community, recently created a Sports Authority to look into creating a regional sports complex. When Davidson County did the same thing in 1993, it led to the Predators and the Titans.

Ohio-based develop AL Neyer agreed to buy the building in July of 2015, and has plans to turn it into a vast office park. Sources with knowledge of the situation, bound by various confidentiality agreements, have made it clear that Mars, Inc.- already with a Spring Hill pet food headquarters- will likely be moving onto the site as a tenant. AL Neyer does not have any estimates about when the project will be completed, but early 2018 has been floated.

Stephens Valley

This one is still in the early stages, but it has already created a lot of protest from local residents.

Developer John Rochford, of Rochford Realty and Construction, is getting ready to propose to the county plans for a nearly $1 billion development surrounded by the Natchez Trace Parkway. The 850-acre area, called Stephens Valley, would include some 1,400 custom homes, an 85- to- 100 room boutique hotel, room for a restaurant and office and retail space. Development would take place over two decades. Set in northern Williamson and southern Davidson counties, the commercial section would front Highway 100.

The plan has drawn criticism from citizens groups, who argue that the plan’s density is too much, and that it will cause a huge surge in traffic, especially along Sneed Road. Part of the plan calls for Rochford to build the road out to four lanes.

The County Planning Commission will vote on the plan at their April 14 meeting.


Written by Zach Harmuth

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