Franklin fields new interest in vacant building

Two new groups are interested in a vacant building in downtown Franklin for new shops or as a new lodge and events hall.

A local business owner wants to turn the former G.C. Murphy building on Jefferson Street into new retail space and use the second floor for apartments or offices. A local lodge also could move into the building, but the group is just beginning to look into whether they can afford the property.

Members of the Franklin Redevelopment Commission, which owns the vacant building, are considering both ideas after two other proposals were dropped last year.

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