A new mixed-use development could be coming to downtown Franklin, at the former location of Dotson’s Restaurant.
Chartwell Hospitality is beginning the process of gaining approval from the city for a three-story building at First Avenue South and Main Street. Plans include space for offices, stores, and a restaurant, with a rooftop patio. It is called 1st and Main.
“We are finalizing our plans to submit to the Historical Committee on Friday,” Will Schaedle, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Chartwell Hospitality, said.
If no changes are made to the plans in the rigorous review and planning process the city applies to downtown projects, the first floor will be a mix of Class A retail, Class A office, and a restaurant, Schaedle said. The second level will be all Class A office space. The third level will have an outdoor rooftop patio that serves as an amenity for the first level restaurant.
Preliminary renderings of 1st and Main:
The city wanted to be clear that things are very much in the early stages.
“The plans submitted were for preliminary, discussion purposes only at the Design Review Committee meeting, which is a subcommittee of the Historic Zoning Commission that makes non-binding recommendations on potential upcoming projects in light of the Historic District Design Guidelines,” Milissa Reierson, communications manager for the city of Franklin, said. “This is not a formal application. No formal request has been submitted to the Historic Zoning Commission for consideration or to the City for site plan review at this time.”
If Chartwell, as planned, submits the plans on Friday, then the project will be discussed at the February 12th Historic Zoning Commission meeting.
The property had previously been the location of Dotson’s Restaurant, which closed in 2014. Recently it has been Metro Spy Supply, which closed in December.