U.S. 31 was replaced as a main highway by I-65 decades ago, but plenty of projects are still being built along it from Spring Hill through Brentwood. Whether you call it Main Street, Columbia Pike, Columbia Avenue, Franklin Road or Franklin Pike, it is one of the most important roads in the county. Consequently it is one of the busiest, going through the heart of downtown Spring Hill (as Main Street), Franklin (Main Street) and Brentwood (Franklin Road).
From huge road work projects to controversial commercial projects, here are 7 projects going up along the old highway.
1. The Silo Project
In Spring Hill, a development with retail and restaurants will go up along Main Street. A sketch plat for the commercial development with space for retail and two drive-thru restaurants on an undeveloped property off of Main Street in north Spring Hill that currently features an old silo.
The applicant, Arnold Consulting Engineering Services Inc., has requested sketch plan approval for two multi-tenant buildings comprised of 20,400 square feet of retail space and 5,700 square feet of restaurant area with two drive-thru spaces.
The developer of a new commercial development with space for retail and two drive-thru restaurants near the intersection of Main Street and Wilkes Lane confirmed Monday the silo on the property will not be removed.
Hank Cannon, project manager for developer Realty Link, said the latest sketch plan submitted to the planning commission that included the removal of the silo was a mistake.
“As it turns out the silo will be in the right-of-way,” he said. “So when we deed the right-of-way to the city with the new requirements, that silo will be in the right-of-way. So it doesn’t affect our development at all. We thought they wanted us to take it down. We like it and we proposed to leave it, but it’s really a city decision.”
The site already has the necessary zoning of B-4 Central Business District.
The silo, which is in the city right-of-way will most likely not be torn down in the upcoming U.S. 31 widening project.