Friday, August 22, 2014

Franklin's Emmons Street Development in the News

The Milford Daily News covered Wednesday night's discussion about the future commercial and green space development of the property at 150 Emmons Street. 

FRANKLIN — The question of how much green space to allow at 150 Emmons St. has again mired progress toward developing the town-owned property.
Town officials intend to issue a request for proposals sometime this year, but not until they decide exactly what they want to see the property become. The only consensus has been to reserve a portion for green space whereupon the town could commission a statue for Horace Mann, the American education reformer.

To read Matt Tota's story in its entirety, please click on the link below (subscription may be required). 

Green space question entangles progress on Franklin's Emmons Street

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Harvest Festival Planning Press Release, Forms

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is currently planning the 12th annual Harvest Festival and is looking for crafters, entertainers, vendors, volunteers and sponsors. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will take place rain or shine.

Organizers expect more than 6,000 visitors to attend this year’s event in downtown Franklin, where they’ll be treated to delicious food options, a live DJ and local entertainers on several stages, games and activities for the kids, and more than 100 crafter, artist and organization booths to browse through. Local businesses will hold sales and special promotions, and the Fire Station and the Historical Museum plan displays and activities.

“The Harvest Festival is one of the best opportunities we have to bring the community together and show off all that downtown Franklin has to offer. Year after year our visitors discover great shopping, new restaurants, helpful resources and talented local artists,” says Executive Director Lisa Piana.

There is still time for crafters, organizations, performers and interested groups to participate. Booth space is limited and registrations must be received by September 5. Registration forms and more information can be found at or by contacting Booth Chairperson Terri Frank at

Sponsors are needed to support this festival. The FDP relies on sponsors to run this and other events, including the Strawberry Stroll, Holiday Stroll and its beautification days. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship can contact the FDP office at or (774)-571-3109.  Sponsorship forms and a full list of opportunities can be found on the website under the Sponsors tab.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)3 organization made up of more than 200 business owners, community leaders and residents working to revitalize downtown Franklin through events, education and communication. For more information about the Partnership or any of its efforts please contact the office at or (774)571-3109.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Franklin Mentioned in Downtown Parking Story

The future of parking in downtown Franklin is mentioned in this Milford Daily News story posted this week: 

Officials: Downtown parking key to economic growth
In Franklin, the Town Council is considering removing downtown parking meters and changing parking restrictions in an attempt to bring more customers to area restaurants and shops, said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting.
Earlier this month, Nutting requested the council eliminate the meters in favor of a new two-hour parking policy during the week, which he hopes will bring more traffic downtown.
"Thursday, Friday and Saturday night the place is jammed," he said. "Part of the plan is to better utilize existing spaces."
Nutting also proposed limiting the hours for commuter rail parking and creating permits to sell to area business owners.