Whether bust or backlogged, many downtown projects slow to progress

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A city organization spent tax money on plans to renovate a downtown Franklin building and to explore an idea to form a nonprofit to attract youth sports events, but both projects were dropped without being completed.

Two other projects promised more than $300,000 in tax dollars, a downtown arts garden and a plan to build new restaurant space and shops, haven’t started, more than a year after the grants were approved. Several more projects that should have been finished by end of June are still being completed.

The Franklin Development Corp. now has eight incomplete projects totaling about $1.8 million. The board has extended deadlines through the end of the year for all unfinished projects, board president John Ditmars said.

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