Developers pitch subdivision, apartments to planning commission


Two new housing developments were presented Thursday night at the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop at City Hall. Also, Franklin Christian Academy’s new campus development plan was approved by the planning commission. 

Two new housing developments were presented Thursday night at the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop at City Hall. 

The first, Water’s Edge, plans for 339 homes to be built along the new South Carothers road extension. Goodall Homes would develop the property on some 195 acres.

Goodall Homes has also produced housing in Franklin at Ladd Park, Shadow Green and Rizer Point. The Harpeth River borders the property on three sides, while fellow housing developments in the coming corridor include the recently approved Simmons Ridge. Some 2,000 homes are planned for the area. 

Water’s Edge would include 211 single-family homes and 128 cottage homes and include a fitness center, more than 100 acres of neighborhood parks and a green way trail. Much of the open space will coincide with the flood plain of the Harpeth, according to developers.

Construction for the project would begin after the bridge crossing the Harpeth River was constructed as South Carothers Road begins to get developed. The bridge is theoretically where the developer would start construction, said city engineering director Paul Holzen. 

The first homes in the plan could be constructed as early as September of 2014, according to developers. 

City officials also heard planning for 267 attached units within seven four-story buildings near the intersection of McEwen Road and Cool Springs Boulevard. 

The property would also have access to narrow Jordan Road, which raised concerns for the roughly 74 home owners who already use the road for access to McEwen during a recent neighborhood meeting about the development. 

San Antonio, Texas-based Embrey Partners plans to develop the property, located at 1034 and 1035 Windcross Road. The development company has produced similar units in Denver, Phoenix and throughout Texas. 

Common features include, a club house, leasing center, pool facilities and meeting space, according to Robert Hunt, senior vice president for Embrey Partners. 

The apartment-style development would reduce parking space for the property by 42 percent, according to planning consultant Greg Gamble, if compared to a business or commercial development. The main concerns voiced were an increase of traffic to Jordan Road. The property would have a connection to Cool Springs Boulevard to the north as well. 

The property is currently zoned for general commercial and would need to be changed to residential. 

During the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission, a development plan for the proposed Franklin Christian Academy school was passed unanimously. 

The private school’s concept plan was approved with conditions in April of 2009. 

The school, capable of holding 400 students, would be built prior to a 500-seat church on about 27 acres of land on the southern side of Old Charlotte Pike.

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