Franklin’s Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) voted this week to support a preliminary recommendation for a new multifamily residential project for the city’s emerging Factory District called The Middle Eight. A final Certificate of Appropriateness will come later in the process.
Longtime Franklin residents Toby and Amanda McKeehan, along with their business partner, Charles Rulick, are seeking to develop the 7.1-acre property behind the McKeehan’s historic home on the corner of Franklin Road and Liberty Pike directly across the street from The Factory. As proposed, The Middle Eight will provide 275 housing units to Franklin’s growing, vibrant arts and entertainment district through a combination of single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes, and apartments.
“For 30 years, we’ve dreamed of what this property could be, how it could build upon and enhance Franklin’s unique charm, generous spirit and creative core,” said Toby McKeehan following the vote. “We’re thrilled to share our vision for The Middle Eight with the greater community and excited to welcome more people to our little corner of downtown.”