August 18, 2016
Brentwood Home Page
by Zach Harmuth
New jobs and new people coming to Williamson County are driving not only a residential growth boom, but an effort to increase the number and quality of hotel rooms.
Here are projects in progress or on the drawing board:
Northside at McEwen
The largest remaining development site in Cool Springs made news last week when Boyle Investment Company and Northwood Ravin released plans to develop a mixed-used community at Northside. Their plans for the property will include a 150-room hotel.
The 45-acre site at 1130 West McEwen Drive called Northside at McEwen comes to Boyle and Ravin with an approved plan for 840,000 square feet of commercial space, 580 residential units and 150 hotel rooms. Located across McEwen Drive from the Mallory Lane Whole Foods, Boyle and Ravin have a $270 million plan that will most-likely not use all of the approved space.
They will build on spec, as we reported at the announcement last week, and they do not yet have a hotel chain under contract for the proposed hotel.
Meridian Hilton Hotel
This is a new one, going up if approved at 1000 Corporate Center Drive. In November, Chartwell Hospitality got permission from the Franklin Planning Commission to allow a building of up to 12 stories. It will come with 249 rooms and 6,000 square feet of meeting space. The developer proposes to build a Hilton Hotel on the 21-acre site on the northwest corner of Cool Springs Boulevard and Carothers Parkway. It would sit between the One and Two Meridian office buildings when completed.
A Franklin-based developer is exploring plans for what’s being called the Meridian Hilton Hotel for the northwest corner of Cool Springs Boulevard and Carothers Parkway.
On behalf of Chartwell Hospitality, engineering firm Littlejohn submitted plans in November with the Franklin Planning Commission for pre-application review.
If approved, the Meridian Hilton Hotel would be Chartwell’s latest property in the Cool Springs market. The company’s portfolio includes the Hampton Inn and Suites and Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs.
Hilton Homewood Suites
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Franklin has opened here.
“With corporate offices for Community Health Systems and Nissan North America, our hotel provides an ideal location for guests traveling for business,” said Bill Ghumm, general manager. “Additionally, leisure travelers can enjoy all that Franklin has to offer, whether it is shopping at the Cool Springs Galleria Mall or antique hunting on Main Street.”
Developed and owned by Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, LLC, Homewood Suites Nashville Franklin its suites are a combination of studio and one-bedroom suites.
The hotel, which cost $13 million to build offers all suite-accommodations, including fully equipped kitchens, free daily full-hot breakfast and WiFi. Additional amenities include a complimentary evening social Monday-Thursday and grocery shopping service. In addition, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers recreational options such as a fitness center and indoor pool.
Franklin Summit is going to be the Cool Springs home of two Marriott-brand hotels and up to 800,000 square feet of offices. With a price tag of about $250 million, it sits on a 30-acre site at on the corner of McEwen Drive and I-65. The address is 1397 Huffines Ridge Drive, which is on a hilltop above the northbound offramp of Interstate 65, at exit 67. Thus the name “Summit.”
The hotels according to SouthStar will be about 260 rooms.
The developer, SouthStar LLC of Franklin, is working on filling out the office space with corporate clients. The plan includes about 37,000 square feet for retail and restaurants.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs
Although this hotel already exists, this four-floor, 126-room Marriott property at 2001 Meridian Blvd. just announced the completion of a revitalization project.
The project included:
-complete transformation of guestrooms
-New wall coverings, window treatments, carpet, seating and decorative light fixtures installed
-New, modern lobby which includes GoBoard technology and a 55-inch LCD touch screen for information, weather, news and maps.
-Updated dining with The Bistro, with new menu, Starbucks and cocktails available