PHOTO: A car drives by the 99 East Main Street development site on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The historic Lillie Mills grain elevators rise from the background. / Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
The view of downtown Franklin’s northern gateway has shifted rapidly during the past few months.
Now, after approval from the historic design review committee and Board of Mayor and Aldermen, a project at 99 East Main Street, across from Puckett’s Boat House, is also under way.
Will Schaedle, Chartwell’s vice president, said the foundation construction should begin in the upcoming weeks, once they have received final review on their permit from the city.
Crain Construction is the contractor, and Schaedle said he expects the construction to take approximately 10 months from the time the building slab is put into place, likely in the next two months.
The property abuts the Harpeth River.
Schaedle admitted that flood plain restrictions made the design process more difficult than usual, but praised their team for overcoming obstacles for a safe building.
“We do not have any tenants under agreement yet, but we have received lots of interest from potential tenants,” Schaedle wrote in an email to the Home Page.
231 Public Square
The first rooftop bar in Franklin, overlooking town square, is set to open next spring, Heartland Partners President Brian Schiedemeyer told the Home Page in June. The rest of the venue, however, should open in November.
With a high demand for contractors in the region, the project, originally set to open in the summer of 2017, stalled.
The venue will accommodate two restaurants, including the rooftop bar which will hold 500 people under a retractable glass roof, as well as office space.
Harpeth Square progress
On Monday, Harpeth Square developer J. Roderick Heller will attend a worker celebration and topping out ceremony, held by contractor R.C. Mathews.