Downtown spaces at a premium


Vehicles parked on East Court Street in Franklin on Monday. City officials are looking into limiting parking to three hours along the street. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

One downtown Franklin business owner was so concerned about having enough parking spaces for customers that he filed a lawsuit against the county.

Franklin Coin Shop owner Tom Morrison’s customers often park along the west side of his building, since there are only four spaces on the street, and they’re usually full. The new county government building next door is taking up most of those spaces; and he’s concerned that if people can’t find nearby parking, they won’t stop to visit his shop or other nearby businesses.

Recently, he was able to work with the county to keep five one-hour parking spots that could be used by customers and dropped his lawsuit. But his concern remains: Without reliable parking for customers, downtown retail businesses can’t grow, he said.

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