Franklin approves zoning for Chadwell, the next phase of Berry Farms

The next phase of Berry Farms, Chadwell, will be located south of Berry Farms and west of I-65. (Rendering courtesy Boyle, Gamble Design Collaboartive)
The next phase of Berry Farms, Chadwell, will be located south of Berry Farms and west of I-65. (Rendering courtesy Boyle, Gamble Design Collaboartive)

The next phase of Berry Farms, Chadwell, will be located south of Berry Farms and west of I-65. (Rendering courtesy Boyle, Gamble Design Collaboartive)

Joining the fast-growing south side of Franklin, plans for Chadwell, a 140-acre mixed-use development, are moving forward along Goose Creek Bypass.

On April 27, the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the final reading of a rezoning request for the development, which will allow work to begin. The mixed-use project will feature 1,650 dwelling units, 1.57 million square feet of commercial space and 450 hotel rooms. A construction start date for Chadwell has not been announced; however, Boyle Managing Partner Phil Fawcett said the group is looking forward to beginning work on the site.

“We are thrilled to move forward with the next phase of our development, known as Chadwell at Berry Farms,” Fawcett said in an email. “Our primary goal as we continue to build the legacy of Berry Farms is to create a community rich in uses that evokes the small-town character of the past, provides a memorable gateway into Franklin and preserves the remembrance of the Berry family’s history on the property.”

While the project zoning was only recently approved, plans for Chadwell have been in the works since 2006, according to Kelly Dannenfelser, assistant director of planning and sustainability for the city of Franklin. Plans have since evolved into a more walkable, diverse neighborhood than originally submitted, in line with Envision Franklin, the city’s long-range planning document adopted in 2017.

“The market has changed, and the demand for a more urban environment has increased,” Dannenfelser said.

A new phase

Chadwell is the third phase of master-planned community Berry Farms and will join the nearby Town Center and Reams Fleming phases.

"We are hopeful to [build] a meaningful sense of place, knitting together the existing Berry Farms community with a new, classic way of living and working, while remaining sensitive to the environment and pedestrian system,” Fawcett said.

While the project will feature a large portion of commercial space, Franklin City Planner Joseph Bryan said the Chadwell plans place residential spaces toward the back of the land tract, with more commercial space near the roadway, similar to Berry Farms Town Center to the north.

"You have that nice transition from the higher-story office building down to the more live-work environments,” Bryan said.

Infrastructure needs

From Berry Farms Town Center, Chadwell will connect to the existing intersection at Berry Farms Crossing, Bryan said, which will allow traffic from the development to access Goose Creek Bypass as well as I-65.

However, while the project will include the new connection, a number of residents from the nearby Stream Valley neighborhood spoke out over a lack of connectivity in the area. The community has two streets exiting to one roadway—Lewisburg Pike—out of the neighborhood.

“With all of the development that’s going on in Stream Valley, we’re going to have a logjam,” Stream Valley resident Kate Matthews said during a public hearing for the project April 13.

According to plans submitted by Boyle, there will be two new roadways allowing residents in the area to access Goose Creek Bypass as part of the project. The first, Lazy Vale Lane, would open up before 50% of the development in Chadwell is completed. A second connector road to the existing Streamside Lane would be complete when 75% of the development is complete.

While many residents commented they would prefer to have the roads opened earlier, Greg Gamble, owner of Gamble Design Collaborative and design consultant for the project, said it is necessary for the development to be completed in phases based on market demand.

Dannenfelser said she was glad to hear a number of residents speaking up about wanting more road connections, since it is a large component of the Envision Franklin plan.

“It’s very encouraging to hear and see residents and neighborhoods want connectivity; that’s fully supported by our planning documents and our zoning ordinance connectivity,” she said.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.