In a community meeting for Franklin residents hosted virtually Aug. 5, representatives from Boyle—the developer for Berry Farms and nearby projects, such as McEwen Northside and Meridian—explained Chadwell, the next phase of the Berry Farms development.
Proposed site plans for the site include two “villages” with more than 1.4 million square feet of office space, 132,200 square feet for retail, a 450-room hotel, 900 multifamily rental units and 630 for-sale properties, which would include townhomes and condos. The site will be located at the southeast corner of Berry Farms Crossing and Goose Creek Bypass.
Adam Ballash, a development manager for Boyle, said the site plan has undergone some changes since it was initially proposed to the city of Franklin in 2005, which has caused the company to bring forward new plans that will go through the city’s approval process. The initial plan included about 100 residential units and more retail space, according to the presentation.
Ballash said the site plan changed in accordance with trends developers are seeing in the market. He said with more residents in the area now renting based on choice rather than necessity, many have expressed a desire to be within walking distance from retail, restaurants and workplaces. Berry Farms is already home to some major companies, including Ramsey Solutions, Aetna and the corporate office for Lee Company.
“What we have seen in both the development of Berry Farms Town Center and the development of McEwen is a huge premium of interest in the buyers from the residential market and wanting to be in these mixed-use neighborhoods where they can buy a home or a townhome ... and be within walking distance to their office or be within walking distance to ... Publix,” Ballash said. “So it’s drastically changed our thoughts on where residential is most desirable and the amenities that are associated with that.”
The site plan also includes changes based on new flood plain maps and city stormwater ordinances, which show areas along Fivemile Creek where Boyle can no longer build, Ballash said. The new site plan will now include a park, youth soccer fields and a trail in addition to open green space in between the two villages.
With more than 1,500 new residences, Ballash said Boyle is working with Williamson County to try to determine the number of school-age children that could move to the area so that the district can plan for future campus capacity.
Ballash said Boyle is planning to work with the city of Franklin on the new proposed plan over the next six to nine months and that construction would not begin until at least summer 2021.