Forever Franklin plans downtown revitalization kick off event today

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Forever Franklin plans downtown revitalization kick off event today

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Franklin officials and business owners are exploring the possibility of becoming an accredited Main Street program to help spur downtown economic development. STAFF FILE PHOTO

A kick off event is planned for today for Franklin’s downtown revitalization effort as part of the plan to become a Main Street community.

The newly formed revitalization committee, Forever Franklin, is seeking community involvement from residents and business owners to look at the assets and challenges for revitalizing the downtown district.

The committee will have a meeting at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 10, at the Franklin Public Library Meeting Room that will introduce its board members, the team’s short and long term goals for the downtown area, as well as upcoming events.

Forever Franklin has partnered with Heritage Ohio to help the city become a designated Main Street community. The Main Street program works to create a total image for the community by providing the retail/professional area with its necessary niche market, creating a united visual identity unique to the community and work toward preserving the community’s location, its historic beauty, appearance and way of life.

The Main Street approach builds on existing resources and encourages collaboration with the community, community leaders and business owner in the downtown area.

The new organization has already scheduled a Downtown Clean Up Day for Aug. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to clean the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses.

For more information or to volunteer or to join a committee, contact Myra Haney at 937-746-9921, ext. 1001 or at mhaney@franklinohio.org.

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