5 More Projects to Watch in Williamson County

1. Possible Luxury Apartments off Royal Oaks

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A Florida-based developer (EPOCH) has plans to put in a 355-unit luxury apartment complex along Oak Meadows Drive and Royal Oaks.

The four-story complex of “Class A industrial quality” apartments will spread over 30.4 acres and sit touching Home Depot, with some 240 condos north of Oak Meadows Drive and 115 south of it.  The plan calls for swimming pools, gyms, 50 percent open space, and a demonstration kitchen. The developers have submitted a revised plan, after there was an uproar from the public over worries that construction and the subdivision would make a bad traffic situation even worse. An independent third-party is conducting a traffic survey.

Discussed by the joint meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman and Franklin Planning Commission at their February meeting, the plan has not been on an agenda yet. So it still may not happen, or it may happen in a much-revised way. This is one to keep an eye on, for sure,  as time goes by, especially if you go anywhere near Royal Oaks on your commute.


2. Franklin Park

Not as in a park in Franklin, but the development by Spectrum | Emery, Inc.  in Cool Springs. If the first project on this list was in the very beginning stages, this one is at the very end. Construction began this past fall on the 71-acre site. It is a huge site, located at 6100 Tower Circle, on the corner of McEwen Drive and Carothers Parkway. These are some of the specs:

  • 1.25 million square feet of Class-A office space
  • 71 acre master plan with 5 office towers
  • Parking garages with ratios of 5 spaces per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • $130 million price tag

When it is all said and done, the masterplan calls for five 10-story office buildings.


3. Hill Center

This is a big one, and has been going on for quite some time. But, in the fall of 2016 the Hill Center in Brentwood, will begin to open. It is going to be a mixed use center, for retail and office space, along Franklin Road and Maryland Way.

The 450,000 square feet of office space and 150,000 square feet of retail are already being leased out. Phase one, however, is the only one available right now to open in Fall. Here is the breakdown of the $211 million project:

Phase 1 Retail – 66,000 Square Feet

Phase 1 Office – 158,000 Square Feet

Future Retail – 84,000 Square Feet

Future Office – 292,000 Square Feet

The 32-acre development is the largest ever undertaken by H.G. Hill, and a huge injection of office space right in the middle of Brentwood. Hill has called it “downtown Brentwood.”

Originally there were also plans for residential units in the build-out but the city and residents nixed the idea a few years ago.

Some of its earliest tenants will include:

  • LBMC, an accounting and consultancy firm
  • TMPartners, the project’s lead architect
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Yeah! Burger (Spring 2017)
  • Nama Sushi Bar (December 2016)
  • Uncle Julio’s (Early 2017)
  • Cori & Co. boutique children’s clothes
  • Hand and Stone luxury spa, fall 2016
  • Cosmetic Market, which has several other local stores


4. Flagpole and Wikle Parks

Getting away from business and residential projects, two parks are opening this summer in Brentwood.

Along Interstate 65 at Wikle Road West will be the 15-acre Wikle Park and just east of that will be 8.7 acre Flagpole Park.

Brentwood just approved the purchase of playground equipment for Wikle Park, at the end of February, but the parks will hold much more than that.

As seen in the conceptual plan below (click to enlarge), Flagpole Park’s plan includes two multipurpose fields big enough for soccer or football games, a half-court basketball court, restrooms, parking for 100 cars accessible off Mallory Lane and a paved walking trail that connects to Wikle Park. There is an expansion area that could hold a tennis court and the other half of a basketball court in the future.

Wikle Park, the larger of the two, follows more of an open-space-and-lawn concept, and has an encircling walking path, a bermed play area and playground for which commissioners just approved an $80,000 plan that includes swings, a spiral slide, rainbow loops, a grasshopper and bumblebee spring rider, climbing structure and two modular structures.

The parks are connected by walking paths rather than a road. Both will close at dusk and not be lit at night, save for the parking lot which will be lit for safety.


5. Graystone Quarry

This is a neat one. Not exactly the biggest project, nor will it affect your daily commute. But not every one has heard about this one, and construction is almost finished. So we wanted to include it on our list.

Graystone Quarry is a unique event property on 76 private pristine acres of reclaimed abandoned rock quarry in Thomspon’s Station. It includes a 15,000 square foot, 5,000 seat amphitheater, which makes it perfect as a venue for small, intimate concerts and its views and amenities make it perfect for a wedding or any other big event. As it’s Web site says, it is “the south of Nashville boutique music experience.”

It has already started to accept reservations for weddings starting in Fall of 2016.

Keep an eye on it, as it could quickly become the go-to venue for small concerts south of Franklin.