Parkway Commons

  • Michael D. Hunkler

    Michael D. Hunkler P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP

    Senior Vice President Contact

When Kroger and Target desired to build new stores in the upscale suburban community of Franklin, Tennessee, they met sophisticated neighborhoods and a difficult approval process. Rezoning the 49-acre, 229,000-square-foot site for retail use created concerns regarding traffic, stream impact, local area impact and the viewshed from a significant historic Civil War lookout point.

GS&P’s team of landscape architects, civil engineers and traffic engineers helped our client navigate the Franklin Historical Society the City of Franklin, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to creatively zone the development, gaining successful approvals from the City’s Board of Mayor and Alderman, and the Planning Commission.  As a result, Parkway Commons is the first retail development in Franklin to follow the City’s newest design standards.

Our team also obtained approval for traffic improvements due to the increased volume generated by the development as well as mitigated a stream encapsulation, integrated meaningful formal open space, and placed the City’s first trolley stop for public transportation.  Both community and government involvement were essential throughout, while juggling the detailed requirements of both Target and Kroger. The end result is a thriving retail establishment that the community has welcomed and continued to support.

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