Thursday, June 30, 2016

2-Way Traffic Begins July 20

Please share with all customers, clients, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers:

June 30, 2016

ALERT: Downtown Traffic Pattern Change Coming July 20th

Dear Franklin Resident:

This is the first announcement to the community that the traffic pattern will be changing in Downtown Franklin on July 20, 2016. The one-way traffic pattern in downtown, which many have become accustomed to, will be changing to two-way traffic. Yes that’s correct: traffic around the downtown triangle will soon become two-way! We encourage everyone to take it a little slower in their daily business to make sure you get accustomed to the new flow of traffic.

We encourage you to follow the town website and social media (Facebook, Twitter) feeds, as well as the Town’s traditional local media channels to stay tuned for specific updates over the coming month. We are counting on you to help spread the word.

Downtown Map. A map is attached of the new traffic routes. I encourage you to print it out, send it to friends and family and begin to spread the word.

Future Notification. As part of the construction contract with the state, the Town will be placing electronic boards at all intersections of downtown when the traffic transitions to two-way. New lane markings will be painted around the entire downtown, as well as signage in key areas. Individual letters will also be distributed to all downtown businesses to help educate their customers of the traffic flow when exiting their business. The Town will also be doing as much publicity as possible through its own social media feeds and through traditional local media channels on this pattern change.

Public Benefits. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their patience during the recent construction in downtown. The Town is installing many public benefits, including new sidewalks, new paving, better pedestrian-friendly accommodations, and many beautification efforts to enhance the vibrancy of the downtown. The planning effort for this project has taken well over a decade and I am confident residents will enjoy the new amenities.

If any resident has any questions, feel free to contact the Town Administrator’s Office at 508-520-4949. 

Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator
Jamie Hellen, Deputy Town Administrator
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355 East Central Street Franklin, MA 02038 | 508-520-4949 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Downtown Streetscape Project Update #37

From the Town Administrator's office:

June 23, 2016
Downtown Project Update #37

Work Schedule for the week of June 27 to July 1.

The Contractor will be milling for crosswalks only beginning at the intersection of Main/Pleasant St. Sunday night and Monday night.

The Contractor is scheduled to pave Wednesday night and Thursday night. The area they plan to pave will be East Central St, the small section of West Central St and any additional area on Main St we can get to. We will be able to keep at least one lane open so there will be no major detours.

There will be no night work Tuesday night.

Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 520-4949 with any questions. We will continue to keep the public informed through our website, Twitter and Facebook

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Town's Downtown Parking Proposal

Downtown parking is on the agenda for tonight's Town Council meeting. Below is Town Administrator Jeff Nutting's discussion points (draft):  

To: Town Council
From: Jeffrey D. Nutting 
Subject: DRAFT - Discussion of Downtown Parking 

The goal of parking management in the downtown is to provide for turnover of spaces for customers at reasonable time intervals. The parking "problem" has several issues including: 
  1. Keeping MBTA commuters from using spaces reserved for customers 
  2. Parking for some downtown employees 
  3. Parking close to business establishments 
  4. Underutilization of some spaces 
After several meetings with the business community and discussion with staff and the police department I offer for discussion the following suggested changes to the downtown parking: 
  1. Streets - Generally the colored lines are as follows: 
    1. Red - No Parking. 
    2. Purple - 2 hour parking enforced Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 2 PM. This is generally the immediate down town area. 
    3. Blue - 2 hour parking enforced Monday -Friday from 6 AM - 10 AM. These areas are currently a mixed bag of 2 hour parking with various restrictions or residential parking. The intent is to prevent commuter parking in these spaces in the AM. 
    4. Green - Merchant Parking enforced Monday - Friday 6 AM - 2 PM If there are no colors than parking is allowed 24/7 except for snow and ice or other events. 
  2. Downtown Parking Lots - 
    1. Commuter Parking - 
      1. Currently there are 53 spaces in the Depot Street lot and 17 Spaces in the West Central Street Lot. 
      2. Hours = I propose that we sell commuter spaces Monday-Friday 6 AM - Noon. 
      3. If spaces are available after noon anyone can park in the space. The current fee 
        is$480 per year ($125 per quarter) or about $2 per day. 
    2. Merchant Permits - 
i. Currently 22 spaces - I propose to sell merchant parking. 
  1. Hours = Monday - Friday 6 AM- 2PM. After 2 PM anyone can park in the spaces. 
  2. The current fee is $360 per year ($180 for six months) or about $1.35 per day. 
    Currently one business uses 16 spaces, one uses 5 spaces and 1 uses 1 space. I suggest the Council consider increasing the fee to match the Commuter space fee of $480 per year. The spaces have the same value and cost the same to maintain. 
  3. Add an HP spot in the Ferrara lot. 
  4. Keep 5 spaces for customers and continue to sell the rest for commuter rail. 
  5. Adjust the number of customer spaces as may be required by reducing commuter spaces in demand dictates a change. 
Once the Town Council adopts a plan it should be reviewed the plan in six months. 

Downtown Streetscape Project Update #36

Our downtown businesses truly appreciate everyone's continued support during the construction process!

From the Town Administrator's office:

June 21, 2016
Downtown Project Update #36

Paving has begun in downtown. The contractor will be in the reminder of this week beginning the tree and shrub plantings in downtown. 

The contractors will also be onsite to mill the section of Beaver Street and Union Street.

Paving is planning to resume next week, tentatively for Tuesday and Wednesday of the week of June 27, including East Central St. and the rest of Main.

Please be aware as you enter these intersections there may be detours throughout downtown. 

Signals making downtown a two-way intersection should be tentatively taking effect mid-July.

Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 520-4949 with any questions. We will continue to keep the public informed through our website, Twitter and Facebook

Friday, June 10, 2016

Strawberry Stroll Brings Residents Downtown for Annual Spring Party

Despite some blustery winds and the ubiquitous orange cones, the 14th annual Strawberry Stroll on Thursday was a fun and festive afternoon in Downtown Franklin.

We'd like to thank our sponsors for the delicious shortcakes and for making the afternoon a big success:

Platinum Sponsor Dean Bank

Gold Sponsor Dean College

Silver Sponsors DCU and the Franklin Cultural Council

Bronze Sponsors Chestnut Dental, Franklin Ford, Keefe Insurance and Middlesex Savings Bank

Friends Sponsors Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, Garelick Farms, Jane's Frames, Rescom Exteriors, The Estate at Franklin, Simon's Furniture, Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc., and Fidelity Charitable Gift.

Thank you event organizers Nicole Fortier and Beth Wierling!

And thank you to the Franklin Police Department for traffic control and to the Department of Public Works.

Many more photos are available on the slideshow (top right corner of the website) and on Facebook. Thank you for enjoying the day with us!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Strawberry Stroll is today!

A gorgeous day for a Strawberry Stroll Downtown 
  • Music, dancing, food, fun, and shortcakes! 
  • More than 35 businesses and groups participating.
  • Parking available at THE BLACK BOX on West Central Street. 

The Strawberry Shortcakes booth will be located at the corner of Summer and East Central streets. Bring your appetite!
Two additional Friends sponsors:  Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc. and Fidelity Charitable Gift. Thank you, Sponsors!

Downtown Streetscape Update #34

From the Town Administrator's office:

June 9, 2016

Downtown Project Update #34

Paving operations have been cancelled again tonight due to asphalt's mix test failing the states required specs. The contractor will be adjusting and re-testing the mix again hopefully tomorrow (Friday) or early next week.

Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 520- 4949 with any questions. We will continue to keep the public informed through our website, Twitter and Facebook

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake Booth To Be Located at E. Central and Summer Streets

Due to construction delays, organizers are moving the Strawberry Shortcake booth location for Thursday's Strawberry Stroll. 

Cheerful employees from Dean Bank will scoop up the sweet, juicy treats on the grassy lawn at the corner of East Central and Summer streets. Normally the booth is located on the sidewalk in front of the bank on Main. 

Sponsorship Row booths and entertainment provided by Music Odyssey Productions will be located in the parking lot next to Century 21 Commonwealth. Businesses located inside the Depot Street building will also be open.

More entertainment and vendor booths will fill the Simon's Furniture parking lot on Summer Street, and new businesses Silver Tree Jewelry and Maven Hair Company will be open. 

Don't miss Jamie Barrett performing at Jane's Frames on East Central, the Touch-A-Truck event at the Fire Station, or the lemonade, cookies and displays at the Historical Museum.

More than 30 businesses and groups are participating! Pick up a "Stroll Happenings" listing at participating businesses Thursday afternoon. 

Don't forget our newest sponsor, Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc.!

Downtown Streetscape Update #33 - 2-Way Traffic Now Starts July, Paving Update

Stay tuned to see if/how this affects the Strawberry Stroll Thursday.

From the Town Administrator's office:

June 7, 2016
Downtown Project Update #33

It is now anticipated that the Two-Way Traffic system in downtown will take effect after the Fourth of July and the annual parade and festival. The Town will continue to keep residents and downtown businesses informed when a specific date has been identified. The Town will have five electronic boards and plenty of signage when the actual date takes effect.

The construction crews plan to begin paving late this week (at night after 8:00 PM) and anticipate two days next week, the week of June 13th.

Tomorrow, Wednesday and early Thursday of this week should have the brick sidewalks completed on the Century 21 side of the downtown sidewalks.

If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Downtown Streetscape Update #31, Brick Installation in Sidewalks

This week crews are adding an interesting and beautiful design element to the sidewalks on Main Street. Masons are laying bricks in sections of sidewalk.

Those sidewalks are open to pedestrians - please come support your downtown businesses!

From the town Administrator's office:

May 31, 2016
Downtown Project Update #31

Paving to begin: construction will begin paving the binder course on Main Street (between Emmons St and the bridge) on Thursday night this week. Crews will be working from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. This area includes a small section of Emmons St., Dean Ave. and Depot St.

If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949.