Highlighting Past Projects

Retail Strip Tennessee

Situated 21 miles from one of America’s most iconic cities, the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tenn. serves as an important location for Commercial Site Design.  Not only is Franklin the firm’s first Tennessee job, but its first retail strip.  Aspen Grove Plaza represents a project type that would become one of Commercial Site Design’s specialties.

“To this point, most of our projects were restaurants or banks, “says Brain Soltz, partner. “This would be our largest and most challenging project.”

The quaint town of Franklin, backdrop for many music videos and the hit TV show “Nashville”, is one of the most restrictive towns in the Nashville metropolitan area.

Located in Lincoln Square subdivision, the 64,666-square-foot lot required the addition of numerous landscape features.  The final design called for more than 250 shrubs and more than 45 trees, including Red Maples, Willow Oaks, Junipers, Helleri Holly and Spreading Yew.

The three-story building, home to future tenants like Orangetheory Fitness, Portavia and Citizens First, also required significant grading and a design that offered parking under the building.

“A first project in any state is good, but being able to perform well on a new type of project is better,” says Brian Soltz.   “We were able to represent our client, work in a difficult jurisdiction and regardless of the 500-plus miles, satisfy our client’s needs.  This bolstered our confidence and gave us momentum.”

A few months later, Commercial Site Design would partner with the Innovations Group on another retail strip.