The palm tree sign above the windows of the strip mall looks inviting, but the tanning salon located near Interstate 65 closed years ago and the entire building is vacant.
Franklin wants to develop the area around its interstate exit with new hotels, restaurants and shops to draw people off I-65. A new dental office recently was built, showcasing an improved look city officials want to see in the area.
Then there’s the vacant strip mall next door. The building still displays signs of a long-defunct tanning salon and liquor store. The glass windows are dim, weeds are growing up the side of the building and the parking lot is empty every day.