Community members are invited to share feedback about the future of the city-owned property at the Southwest corner of the Franklin and Orchard intersection. Earlier this summer, the city purchased the L-shaped 4.7-acre property that was once the site of the old Franklin School. The city is excited to help develop this key activity center into a neighborhood and community space that aligns with both the Central Bench neighborhood plan and the city’s Grow Our Housing and Energize Our Neighborhoods initiatives.
Feedback from the open houses and the online survey will be compiled, analyzed, and integrated into a Request for Proposal (RFP) that the city will release in early February 2020. Once a developer is selected for the site, they will hold additional community meetings before the project moves into the permitting and building processes.
Later, in Spring/Summer of 2020, the Energize team will connect with residents and business owners to identify and prioritize livability projects in the area. From there, the city and other community partners will collaborate to implement these strategic priorities as the development at Franklin and Orchard commences and continues.