Franklin building originally slated for demolition gets face lift

The demolition of a water-damaged, mold-infested building in Franklin has been put on hold while a new owner works on repairs.

City officials deemed the former Angel Care building at 1107 N. Main St., which has been vacant for at least five years, unsafe and issued an

order to demolish or repair the building in June.

The city planned to tear down the building if no renovations had been made by early this year. Megan Smither, a Whiteland resident and deputy prosecutor, bought the building in January and has started cleaning it out. In the past month, Smither has removed enough mold-covered drywall and old nursing home equipment to fill two dumpsters, she said.

This property is the first Smither has bought to redevelop, and she isn’t sure yet what she wants to turn the building into.

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