City, residents cooperate to make Franklin garden grow

Residents in Franklin will be able to enjoy a new garden featuring a shrubbery maze and sculptures from local artists this summer.

The garden is being built on South Main Street south of Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza and includes a new public parking lot, wrought iron gate, labyrinth, Zen garden and art. Meg Jones and her husband, Richard Goss, who own the land and the restaurant next door, will spend about $200,000 in total to build it.

The Franklin Development Corp., an organization that was created and funded by the city with tax dollars, is giving the Joneses $90,000 to help pay for the garden. Board members also are helping keep the project on schedule by removing a requirement that the property be given to the city after construction.

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