New Franklin Sports Complex proposed for Long Lane area
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A proposed sports arena in Franklin will host a neighborhood meeting this month so residents can ask questions.
As advertised, Franklin Sports Complex will offer hockey, football, basketball, volleyball,baseball, figure skating, soccer, badminton, kickboxing, lacrosse and cheerleading. The new facility would go off Long Lane, which created some controversy among residents of Ladd Park in its first neighborhood meeting with city officials. The Williamson County Sports Authority has nothing to do with the project, according to Mayor Rogers Anderson.
Per the plan, the site is across from the Williamson County Ag Expo Park. Long Lane starts off of Peytonsville Road with the Williamson County Ag Expo and a truck stop. The county road winds its way back to Ladd Park and stretches of farmland. A new elementary school for Williamson County is in the area.
Additionally, a new facility for the Refuge Center for Counseling — a nonprofit that offers mental health services on a sliding scale — is slated for Long Lane.
The sports complex project is proposed by Nashville-based Warhorse Venture Partners, which is headed by Eric Kaehr. In 2017, Kaehr created the company that "continues to see unique opportunities for robust real estate investment and development both in the Southeast and Central U.S.," according to its website.
While Franklin does have outlets for some sports, the county has lacked ice since the closure of A-Game Sportsplex in 2016. Currently, Franklin has only three sheets of ice in downtown through The Lab.
The Long Lane area is perched to become one of the next in Franklin to grow.
In 2019, Franklin leaders decided unanimously to prioritize building a connector over Interstate 65 to Long Lane over other capital projects. Their rankings included projects that would derive from the city budget, not projects that need allocation of state and federal funding.
Creating the connector would cost about $22 million, according to the city's capital investment workbook.
The bridge would connect Old Peytonsville Road to Long Lane. Beams already sit in the median of the interstate for the future overpass. Traffic could cross the interstate without having to use the Goose Creek bypass or Highway 96.
A rough time estimate doesn't have construction starting on the connection until 2022.
The meeting hosted by the sports arena for those interested and neighbors will be Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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