PHOTO: Demolition vehicles tear down standing buildings at 99 East Main Street on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.//Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
On Wednesday afternoon, the City of Franklin official Facebook page shared a live video stream of demolition work at 99 East Main Street.
The buildings which housed Dotson’s Restaurant for 65 years are now being razed to make way for a two-story development which will include office and retail space, as well as a restaurant with a rooftop lounge.
Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality is developing the project for landowner Preston Ingram on the approximately 2 acre site across the street from Puckett’s Boat House.
Will Schaedle, the vice president of acquisitions and development for Chartwell, has said his company has been working on developing the property with Ingram for several years.
Dotson’s, founded in another (also demolished) building on the other side of Main Street, was known for comfort food and conversation. It was founded after World War II by Chester and Clara Dotson. It was purchased in the early 1980s by Art McCloud.
Dotson’s closed in 2014.