Before you can get to downtown Franklin to see newly restored storefronts and visit new shops, you have to pass by homes that haven’t been maintained or abandoned buildings that are falling apart.
Now city officials, local business owners and residents want to start seeing improvements outside the downtown area and get homes along the routes into downtown fixed up, too. A local organization created by the city and funded with tax dollars could take on that responsibility and could begin purchasing rundown homes and hire their own contractor to fix them up and resell.
The Franklin Development Corp. has spent nearly all of the original $5 million in tax dollars given to it by the city. This spring, the board has been asking community members and local officials what they think the city’s problems are and how the organization can help solve them.