Council wants chance to review deal

The members of the Franklin City Council didn’t get a say, despite asking, in whether to sell the former city hall to a restaurant developer.

The city’s redevelopment commission will finalize a deal Monday to sell the former city hall. But city council members had raised concerns about whether the developer has the money to complete the project and whether the brewpub would be the best use for the building.

A change in state law taking effect July 1 would require the elected city council to approve selling any property owned by the appointed redevelopment commission. The commission set a special meeting for Monday to finalize the deal, one week from when the new law takes effect. Council members asked the commission to wait until after July 1 and make a presentation to the council before agreeing to sell the building.

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