Greg Gamble, right, of Gamble Design Collaborative discusses a west Franklin resident’s concerns/ Photo by Brooke Wanser


Several western Franklin home and property owners gathered Thursday evening to hear about the plan for a nearby, soon-to-be constructed residential neighborhood.

Ward’s Mill, located at 3206 Boyd Mill Avenue, includes more than 18 acres, on which the developer plans to build 18 four to five bedroom homes. The land is bordered by Downs Boulevard to the east, Highway 96 to the north, and Boyd Mill to the west and south.

Greg Gamble, a landscape architect for Gamble Design Collaborative who has represented the developer for the controversial Colletta Park project, spoke in behalf of Trace Construction on Thursday.

Gamble explained the developer of the property is requesting similar considerations from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that he requested for the developer of Colletta Park. The modification change would be to allow a longer cul-de-sac than the 500 feet currently allowed in the standard.

Property owners made their voices heard, questioning the issues of detention basins for runoff water, blasting, and road construction.

Joe Marley attended the meeting with his wife, Libby. Marley was born and raised in Franklin, and said his property, over three acres, has been in the family since 1936.

Concerned about a possible road slicing through his land, Marley brought copies of the Franklin zoning ordinance to hand out to attendees of the meeting.

Gamble assured Marley that the developer would not be building a road through his land, unless he sold his property in the future.

The issue will be brought before the planning commission on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.