Ground has been broken on the much-anticipated Harpeth Square mixed-use hotel development in Downtown Franklin, and the developers are holding a public ceremony on Monday at 10:30 a.m. on 2nd Avenue North to kick off construction.

Harpeth Square, unprecedented both in scope and finish, will be anchored by a four-diamond, 119-key Curio Hilton Hotel and world-class culinary destinations, along with 150 Gold LEED-certified leased residences that will take full advantage of hotel amenities. The project, which spans an entire city block from Main Street to Bridge Street and First to Second Avenues, also includes 15,000 square feet of retail space, 3,600 square feet of Class A office space and a 597-space, five-story parking garage.

The projected completion of the $105 million development is slated for May 2019 on the hotel side, with the apartments and retail components opened by November 2019.

The hotel will be managed by Euan McGlashan and Valor Hospitality, whose Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa has been recognized by Condé Nast as the “Best Hotel in the World.” The project team includes R.C. Mathews Contractor, Mike Hathaway of 906 Studio Architects and Smith Gee Studio as architect of record.

“The project team assembled here is second to none, and together we presented a vision for this signature development that the community has embraced,” said J. Roderick Heller III, chairman and CEO of Harpeth Associates, which owns Harpeth Square. “ Now that we are fully financed, Harpeth Square is coming to life. None of this would have been possible without that support, and we want to thank everyone who has played a role and share some additional details on what residents and visitors can expect to see.”

Notable attendees will include: Heller III, Steve Bacon, Chief Operating Officer, Harpeth Associates, Euan McGlashan, CEO of Valor Hospitality, hotel management, McLean Wilson, Principal of Kemmons Wilson Companies, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, State Senator Jack Johnson, State Representative Sam Whitson, and Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore.

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