New homes, planned redevelopment at Old Franklin Golf School

The former golf school at The Legends Golf Club will be given a new life with a planned unit development approved by Franklin City Council on Monday.

Fred Paris, former mayor of Franklin, and several business partners plan to redevelop the former Indiana Golf Corporation’s golf school, at 2625 N. Hurricane Road, into a mixed-use space and build 91 homes on 51 acres adjacent to the former school.

This view shows the planned Eagles Landing unit development outline to be built on the former Indiana Golf Foundation’s golf school at 2625 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin. Daily magazine screenshot

Within the planned unit development (PUD), dubbed Eagle’s Landing, will be a redeveloped golf school and three smaller boroughs. Each will be distinct in terms of residential density, dwelling type, and landscape features.

He said Paris plans to redevelop the former golf school first, hoping to start on Division One by fall 2023.

The 25,000-square-foot golf school will be redeveloped for several potential uses including apartments, professional services, restaurant, salon, gym, daycare center, school, private club or place of worship, according to plans submitted to the city. Plans show that an additional building may be built alongside the property that will be subject to the same types of use.

With a 6,000-square-foot section of the golf school that already contains a commercial kitchen, Paris plans to attract a restaurant or brewery. Paris said that quality is the most important to him, so he is willing to wait for the right tenant.

With a portion of the property that is currently a threefold golf course on site, Paris plans to build the 25-lot Legendary Ridge neighborhood. Paris said about six holes of the nine-hole course would remain on site for use by anyone living in Eagles Landing.

These photos from the June 6 Franklin City Council meeting show examples of what a maintenance-free neighborhood in Caledonia Park could look like. Caledonia Park will be one of three neighborhoods within Eagles Landing PUD. Lynn Dorflin | daily newspaper

Paris said the Rock Ridge Manor neighborhood will feature eight half-acre lots, with four lots supporting The Legends golf course.

Paris said the 58-home Caledonia Park neighborhood will provide a small, maintenance-free living space, with landscaping, mowing and snow removal that the homeowners association has to take care of.

Paris told the board that he wanted Eagle’s Landing to bring in high-quality homes like those developed by his father, William E. Paris. Although the developments his father brought into the community – the Paris Estates, Ramsay, and Camelot sections – are now older and without modern touches today, they are timeless neighborhoods that remain desirable.

“The unique thing about these is that they have stood the test of time. People still want to live in them and still buy homes there and want to live there. “This is our chance to build something that we think they will be proud of and the community will be proud of.”

Former Franklin Mayor Fred Paris returned to Franklin City Council to promote Eagles Landing on Monday. Lynn Dorflin | daily newspaper

The three neighborhoods will be managed by the individual homeowners association, plus they will be part of the entire Eagle’s Landing PUD comprehensive homeowners association, according to Paris.

The homes will be built by local or national home builders that have yet to be determined. Builders who come to the site will have to follow the specific design criteria outlined in the PUD. All facades of the house will be built of brick, stone, wood, high-quality vinyl or a combination of these materials.

The planned unit development was referred to the Board with the favorable recommendation of the Franklin Plan Committee. The city council approved the DLP unanimously among the five members present. Members Sean Taylor and Ken Austin were absent.

A public hearing was held on Monday but none of the audience spoke for or against the development.

This development is part of a housing boom for the city and for Hurricane Road. On the other side of the road, Forestar Group Inc. Ltd., a residential development company based in Arlington, Texas, to build 322 homes on the 130-acre plot. In October last year, the city council approved the development, dubbed The Highlands, by a slim 4-3 majority. At the time, the area’s neighbors opposed this development and petitioned to “keep Franklin small.”

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