Johnson County’s Fraternal Order of Police chapter is hoping to move into a new lodge in Franklin about two years after losing their meeting place.
The organization, which is made up of about 116 members from local law enforcement agencies, is planning to move into a vacant office building at 1300 Graham St. by the first of the year, group secretary Scott Carter said. The Franklin board of zoning appeals approved two variance requests to allow the organization to use the building, and now the organization can buy the building, Carter said.
The Fraternal Order of Police used to rent a building in Whiteland that was owned by the Pleasant Township Assessor. The group wanted to buy the building about two years ago, but when it was put up for auction, the fraternity was outbid and had to move out, fraternity president Randy Werden said.