5 Ways Downtown Franklin Will Be Changing

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What the view will look like from the rooftop restaurant at 231 Public Square






Rooftop Restaurant construction continues

Construction started in earnest nearly three months ago. Well, renovation would be a more appropriate word. Renovation on the First Tennessee Building on the square in downtown Franklin, since the groundbreaking on June 27, continues.

The 231 Public Square project, which will put a rooftop restaurant in downtown Franklin, along with second-and-third-floor offices and a lobby-level restaurant, is scheduled to finish next summer.

The project developers are majority investor Charles Crews of Crews Investment Properties, Bernie Butler of D9 Developments and Brian Schiedemeyer of Heartland Partners.

The rooftop restaurant will be 9,400 square feet, with a 360-degree view of downtown Franklin. The building will also add a 2,500-square-foot ground level restaurant and 20,000 square feet of Class A office space on two floors. The new lobby will feature a 14-foot high first-floor windows, as well as an architectural stairwell. The footprint of the building, also, will push out twenty feet from its previous stance set back off the square.

The development plan says that parking will be off-site, meaning on the street or in the 3rd Avenue or 4th Avenue parking garages. The lot at First Tennessee will still be open, but will be devoted to those working in the building.

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