The Historic Zoning Commission in Franklin approved the revised plans for the boutique hotel set for construction in downtown Franklin.
Previously, the commission had voted down the Harpeth Square plans based on the overall size, look and scale of the project, which includes a 115-room hotel, four story parking garage, more than 100 apartments and around 30,000 retail space.
The revised plans to Harpeth Square changed some things in the way of the outside design look, such as a painted and recessed fourth story, but the scale and size remain the same because the developer claims that the project would not be financially possible without the size and scale that was in the original plan.
The Harpeth Square project was approved by the Historic Zoning Commission in a 4-3 vote, with Jim Roberts being the only commissioner to change his mind about the project.
This commission is tasked with keeping the character and historic feel of Franklin within guidelines. The BOMA of Franklin had already unanimously voted the building plans and design through before the HZC had its review meeting. Now, after approval by the HZC, the developers can move forward with financing and construction plans.
The project will still be subject to review in some detailed areas of the project as construction progresses, but the project itself is now approved and can move forward.