Historic 5th Square’s web site has an announcement highlighted at the top of its page:

“For the first time in history, the former Franklin United Methodist Church campus on Fifth Avenue is available for lease.”

franklin-umcIt’s an important detail to note as the historic district looks forward to continued development in downtown Franklin, where a goal, according to historic5thsquare.com is to attract visitors from all over the world to shop, dine and unwind. The availability of the Franklin Methodist mixed-use space in January means more opportunity to achieve that objective.

The church congregation will be moving to a new campus on the corner of Franklin Road and Mack Hatcher Parkway. Although the circa 1871 sanctuary on Fifth Avenue will remain under the church’s ownership, members will be leaving behind 63,000 square feet of mixed-use space just off Franklin’s Main Street and Public Square. This is being acquired and offered for lease by Historic 5th Square, LLC.

The location, with on-street and dedicated parking, has three buildings which afford classroom and office spaces, a large fellowship hall and commercial kitchen, a full-sized gymnasium, a large parking lot off of Fourth Avenue, a 7,000-square-foot rooftop and the 3,500-square-foot circa 1835 Kennaday House next door.

The Kennaday House

“It’s a rarity to get a site this large in Downtown Franklin,” said Steve Bacon, vice president of Harpeth Associates. “We’re fortunate in that regard and look forward to bringing a project of this size to the market.”

Bacon added that the corporation is in final negotiations with a church and school on the large building, which is almost move-in ready. The other structures, which date between 1962-71, will have some updating and facade work done to them with hopes of attracting a restaurant and perhaps office users on the second floor. The historic Kennaday House will also see renovations to accommodate potential future office space.

For interior and exterior photos, concept renderings, floor plans and more information on the history and location of the property, check out www.historic5thsquare.com.

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