PHOTO: The buildings at 99 East Main St., seen on Jan. 22, 2018, are likely to be demolished within the month. / Photo by Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
Though a proposed amendment threatened to delay a development planned across from Puckett’s Boat House, Franklin’s design review committee unanimously voted to approve the project’s architectural designs at Monday night’s meeting.
Chartwell Hospitality, a property management company in Franklin, has proposed building a two-story, mixed use development with a rooftop bar at 99 East Main Street.
Though the project’s footprint, scale, massing, and height were approved with a certificate of appropriateness in February of 2018, architectural design materials are the final piece of the puzzle, city preservation planner Amanda Rose said.
Principal Architect Mark Reece, with Atlanta firm Rabun Rasche Rector Reece, updated the designs based on input from a meeting in February.
As a result, they altered several aspects of the facade, including:
- Window shapes
- Cornice detailing was made more compatible with storefronts along Main Street and a herringbone pattern was removed
- A window balcony in the front of the building was removed
- The rooftop deck will have opaque walls to screen partially from street view
- Screening of parking and utilities
Though the design committee seemed pleased at meeting on Feb. 19, former Heritage Foundation executive director and board co-chair Mary Pearce expressed discontent with the structure of several windows.
“I think we’re overdone with new infill construction arched windows,” Pearce said.
Pearce also proposed an amendment that would have the applicants return to the design review committee with yet another rendering before approval.
“I don’t think we really have a clear understanding of what those are going to look like,” she said. “We don’t want all the new buildings to keep repeating elements.”
The amendment failed to receive a second on the motion, and the commission, including Pearce, unanimously voted to allow the developer to continue.
Chartwell has already received permission to demolish the buildings currently standing at the 99 East Main St. site, which formerly housed the beloved Dotson’s Restaurant.
Will Schaedle, Chartwell’s vice president of acquisitions and development, previously said the company planned to begin demolition as soon as the design plans were approved.