Franklin votes to cancel lease agreement for Cheekwood Golf Club

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Sept. 28. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Sept. 28. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Sept. 28. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The effort to build a new golf club in the city of Franklin has hit a big snag.

On Sept. 28, the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-3 to rescind a lease agreement with developers of the Cheekwood Golf Club, proposed to be located near Spencer Creek and Mack C. Hatcher Parkway north of downtown.

The proposed development would have built a par-3, nine-hole course golf club on the land along with 50-plus driving bays on a multi-story structure. Alderpersons brought up concerns that the multi-story structure, complete with nets and lighting, would be too obtrusive for the area.

There were also concerns raised with the proposal that food and alcohol would be served on property, and developers intended to keep operating hours as late as 11 p.m.

The vote, ultimately a tie between alderpersons, was broken by Mayor Ken Moore, who voted to cancel the agreement. Moore cited the length of time needed to come to an agreement was too long as the city has been discussing the project for the past four years.


As a result, the city also voted down measures Sept. 28 to rezone the land the proposed club would sit on, as well as measures for development plans and park impact fees.

Doug Hale, an attorney for the developers of the project, said developers and city staff had been making progress in recent weeks on negotiations for the lease agreement. However, City Administrator Eric Stuckey said there were still a number of issues that remained before the city could comfortably reach an agreement.

“If [BOMA is] not comfortable with it, I think we’re wasting our time,” Stuckey said.

A number of residents spoke during the board’s work session, with some arguing the club would be a benefit for the area, while others said it was not the right location for the venture.

However, the project may not be dead just yet.

Alderperson Dana McLendon said the project could still be brought forward to consideration should the BOMA wish to do so. The board is set to welcome four new members following the city’s Oct. 26 election.

According to city staff, a request for qualification would be required before the project could be negotiated again.


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