Developer plans brewpub for building

A new restaurant is planned in Franklin within the next two years, and more than $700,000 will be spent to repair and renovate the historic former city hall.

The city redevelopment commission is selling the building, at 55 W. Madison St., for $10,000 and then will spend $260,000 in tax dollars to pay for building improvements such as brick work, repairs, and replacing heating and cooling units. After that, the developer, 55 West Madison LLC, will renovate the building into a restaurant, and an in-house brewery would create its own beers to serve.

The recently formed company is led by Franklin resident Phil Warrenburg and is still working to raise at least $450,000 from investors to complete those renovations.

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