Main Street construction progressing with East Main, Harpeth Square developments

Main Street construction progressing with East Main, Harpeth Square developments

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


The view of downtown Franklin’s northern gateway has shifted rapidly during the past few months.

Earlier this year, cranes went up at the the long-anticipated Harpeth Square project site.

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.

What was once Dotson’s Restaurant has been demolished to make way for a two-story mixed-use shopping and dining center, with a rooftop lounge.

Chartwell Hospitality is developing the project for Preston Ingram, who owns the 2-acre parcel of land.

A rendering of the East Main project

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.

Cranes will be on the horizon at Harpeth Square throughout 2018./Brooke Wanser

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.

That project will be fully complete by the end of summer next year, with apartments, hotel, and retails space ready for move in.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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