Franklin businesswoman didn’t ask for money, can’t afford project anyway

A nearly $200,000 grant would pay to fix the roof, repair bricks and update windows and doors at a downtown Franklin bar.

Façade work to the Jeff Street Pub would benefit the downtown by cleaning up the exterior of the prominent building and restoring its historical look, members of a city agency said when approving the grant last month.

Board officials are ready to see construction start, except for one problem — the business owner doesn’t know anything about the repairs, hasn’t agreed to do them and can’t afford a 10 percent match for the $220,000 project.

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