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First Construction of its Kind in 50 Years on Historic Franklin Square To Start in Early July


FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The official groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of 231 Public Square will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27, and the public is invited to attend.


The cornerstone building commonly referred to as the First Tennessee Bank building, which anchors the northeast quadrant of the Square, was built in the 1970s. As project leaders, D9HP, LLC will transform it into a more architecturally appropriate building that represents both the history of the area and the modern needs of the bustling Main Street retail district. There has not been a similar project, in size or scope, on Franklin’s Public Square since the building was constructed.


“This groundbreaking will be a true celebration for our downtown community,” said Brian Schiedemeyer, principal of D9HP, LLC, along with noted historic developer Bernie Butler. “231 Public Square will be a centerpiece we can all be proud of, using history as our roadmap and complementing it with Class A office space and destination-dining options. We are not sparing any expenses in making it the best contribution to the district that it can possibly be.”


When complete, 231 Public Square will feature a rooftop restaurant and event space, a first-floor restaurant opening onto the Square, and approximately 30,000 square feet of Class A office space for lease. Streetside seating, large windows and brick and limestone facades that complement the architecture of other buildings on the Square will harken back to the original structure located on that parcel, which dated to the late 1800s.


“This building will be a focal point for those entering downtown from all directions, and an easy stopping point for the thousands on Main Street every day. We want it to be a landmark for generations to come,” said Butler. “The community has put their faith in us, and this event is just one way to thank and involve them in the process.”


Construction will begin after July 4th, and is projected for completion in the second quarter of 2017. Leasing at 231 Public Square is currently underway. For more details, including floor plans and renderings, visit or contact Butler at or by phone at 615-472-9472.



231 Public Square rooftop

231 Public Square street view (1)

231 Public Square team