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Looking ahead: Plan focuses on gateways, key streets




Franklin is focusing on improving its main entryways to get more visitors and residents into an improved downtown.

Getting new restaurants and

hotels around the Interstate 65 exit and addressing an empty lot and strip mall are musts. But getting new business downtown and fixing the exteriors of buildings, helping people pay for and make repairs to their homes and making U.S. 31 look unique through Franklin also are high-priority items.

Franklin residents are proud of the historic downtown and neighborhoods, but it’s time for updates. And since people don’t enter the city through the downtown, creating gateways into the city at U.S. 31 and I-65 that let people know what’s in Franklin and why they should visit downtown will be key, Mayor Joe McGuinness said.

 

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