Board of Mayor and Aldermen to decide on mixed-use zoning district for The Haven at Cool Springs on Jan. 11

Shown is a rendering of a multistory apartment building as it would appear from Cool Springs Boulevard as part of the proposed Haven at Cool Springs development at 151 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote to approve or reject a new zoning district the developer Houston-based Guefen Development Partners has requested on the night of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Guefen Development Partners)
Shown is a rendering of a multistory apartment building as it would appear from Cool Springs Boulevard as part of the proposed Haven at Cool Springs development at 151 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote to approve or reject a new zoning district the developer Houston-based Guefen Development Partners has requested on the night of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Guefen Development Partners)

Shown is a rendering of a multistory apartment building as it would appear from Cool Springs Boulevard as part of the proposed Haven at Cool Springs development at 151 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote to approve or reject a new zoning district the developer Houston-based Guefen Development Partners has requested on the night of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Guefen Development Partners)

Franklin lawmakers will decide Jan. 11 whether to approve rezoning land for The Haven at Cool Springs, a proposed 297-unit apartment building six stories high with 8,595 square feet of commercial space east of Mack Hatcher Parkway and north of Cool Springs Boulevard.

If approved by the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Jan. 11, the city would rezone the property at 151 Cool Springs Blvd. and create a new zoning district that would allow Houston-based developer Guefen Development Partners to build a six-story building and other improvements on 7.53 acres of land.

In December, city planning officials recommended approval of the rezoning as being appropriate under the city’s master plan Envision Franklin, which identifies the area as appropriate for more intense economic activity providing developers use appropriate building styles and integrate sufficient pedestrian, roadway, open space and other features to accommodate the level of use.

The current development plan includes two courtyards, a private pool and enhancing an existing greenway trail.

The Franklin Municipal Planning Commission voted 8-0 in October to approve the rezoning.


At the body’s Dec. 14 meeting, Franklin Alderman Jason Potts asked his fellow board members to consider whether the proposed six-story building might detract from views of the rolling hills that remain an asset to the area's attractiveness to residents and companies. Potts said the building height would be more appropriate for areas closer to I-65.

“I have been driving down the intersection on an ongoing basis looking at the skyline, and I am now concerned about a six-story structure,” Potts said. “It appears to be a great property, but I want to be on record about the height and zoning.”

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the City Hall board room of Franklin City Hall, 109 Third Ave. S. The meeting will be broadcast live here.
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