By MATT BLOIS
Mitsubishi is listed as a potential lessee at the McEwen Northside project in Franklin.
The Japanese car maker announced that it would move its North American headquarters from Southern California to Franklin in June.
The company didn’t identify a permanent office location when it announced the relocation. Williamson County based Mitsubishi employees have been working out of a shared office space in Cool Springs.
On Wednesday, the Nashville Business Journal reported that Mitsubishi was negotiating a lease at the McEwen Northside project, located near the intersection of Mallory Lane and McEwen Drive.
A City of Franklin employee confirmed that Mitsubishi was listed as a potential lessee for a seven story building at the McEwen Northside project. However, the city would not provide a copy of the building permit application.
A spokesperson for Mitsubishi wrote in an email that the company is in negotiations for where the company’s final home will be. However, he said he wasn’t able to give out any other information until the negotiations are finalized
The Mitsubishi relocation will eventually bring about 200 jobs to Williamson County. The company invited about 60 employees from California to move to Tennessee, and Mitsubishi is currently filling the other positions.
The company’s shared office space at Spaces is located near the intersection of Mallory Lane and Jordan Road, just north of the McEwen Northside project.
Mitsubishi expects to be in a permanent space by the spring of 2020. The company’s office will continue to grow as new hires join the team and current employees relocate from California.
Mitsubishi’s moved into its Southern California office in 1988, and the company plans to finalize the sale of that building by the end of the year. The company’s physical relocation to Franklin should also be done by year’s end.
According to the building’s website, the McEwen Northside project will have 750,000 square feet of class A office space, a hotel, more than 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 580 apartments.
Developer Boyle Investment Company started construction on McEwen Northside in early 2018, and expects phase one to be finished by the end of the year.
“While we are not able to discuss tenants that haven’t signed a lease yet, we are expecting man more retailers and restaurants, and we look forward to sharing more news soon,” Kirsten Grenier, a spokesperson for the project, told the Brentwood Home Page earlier this year.
So far, Tiff’s Treats, Perry’s Steakhouse, Club Pilates and PROSE nail salon have all signed leases.
Williamson Inc. has also announced that it will be moving to the development.