Wednesday, March 01 2017
$96 Million Total Highwoods Investment at Ovation in Franklin
Raleigh, NC — Mars Petcare, one of the world’s leading pet care providers, has selected Highwoods to develop its U.S. headquarters at Ovation in the Cool Springs district of Franklin, TN, one of Nashville’s BBDs (Best Business Districts).
Highwoods will develop 224,000 square feet in two connected LEED-Gold certified office buildings. The projected cost of this 100% pre-leased development project with structured parking is $96 million, including the value of Highwoods-owned land. Construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017 with a second quarter 2019 targeted completion date.
Ovation, encompassing 145 overall acres, will be a high-density, mixed-use development with 56 acres of perpetually-dedicated preserved green space. Highwoods is the owner and developer of the office portion of Ovation, which is planned for up to 1.4 million square feet. Thomas Land & Development is the developer of the non-office portions of Ovation, which is planned for up to 480,000 square feet of retail space, 950 residential units and 450 hotel rooms.
Ed Fritsch, president and chief executive officer of Highwoods, said, “We are flattered Mars Petcare, a new customer for Highwoods, has chosen us to be their developer-landlord. We are thrilled by this opportunity to work with such a widely respected, internationally recognized and admired company and appreciate their confidence in our team and brand.”
Renee Peets, vice president and executive project sponsor of Mars Petcare, said “For the last 11 years, we have called Franklin home and we’re excited about our new U.S. headquarters at Ovation, one of the largest planned mixed use projects in Williamson County. It’s an exciting project, ideally situated in a vibrant location, and will bring the best of ‘work, rest and play’ to our nearly 1,000 area Associates and their pets.”
Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin stated, “Mars has been making an economic and social impact here in Franklin for more than a decade. We are grateful for their continued commitment to our city as we work to make Franklin a vibrant place to live and work.”
Stan Thomas, founder of Thomas Land & Development, the owner and developer of the non-office portions of Ovation, added “Mars Petcare’s selection of Highwoods as its office developer is a resounding endorsement of Ovation as a premier mixed-use destination. We are enthusiastic about bringing retail, entertainment and residential choices that will make the Ovation experience unique and dynamic.”
About Mars Petcare
About Thomas Land & Development
With the addition of the Mars Petcare project, the Highwoods development pipeline has grown to 2.1 million square feet representing an investment of approximately $645 million that is 81% pre-leased on a dollar weighted basis. Highwoods is the largest office developer/landlord in the greater Nashville area. A few signature local assets include The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, the corporate headquarters for Bridgestone Americas (currently under construction) and the corporate headquarters for LifePoint Health. For more information about Highwoods, please visit our website at www.highwoods.com.