Plans focus on new housing

A former business owner plans to build houses on land on the east side of Franklin that once was planned as the site of a new high school.

John Grimmer purchased about 78 acres southeast of Eastview Drive and Upper Shelbyville Road, which is across the street from Needham Elementary School. The school district had owned the land since 1997 and at one point considered building a new high school in the area.

Plans for the high school fell through largely because residents were skeptical about putting a new high school on the east side of the city, which they thought would cause traffic problems and be too far away from the center of the school district. But Grimmer, the former owner of Hurricane Compressors and Grimmer Schmidt Compressors, which eventually was sold to Atlas Copco, thinks the location just west of Interstate 65 is the perfect spot for about 100 new houses.

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