Franklin is planning to annex two areas this fall to bring an elementary school and farmland near a warehouse facility inside the city limits.
Tippman Group is requesting to annex and change the zoning on 85.5 acres of farmland southeast of its Interstate Warehousing facility near Interstate 65. Franklin Community School Corp. asked the city to annex Creekside Elementary School, which is just outside the city limits.
Both annexations could be approved by December and would be the first land the city has annexed since 2009, Franklin senior planner Joanna Myers said.
Tippman Group likely would ask for tax breaks or other incentives from the city for a future expansion of the Interstate Warehousing facility, and company officials want the land to be part of the city now so they wouldn’t have to wait for an annexation before starting a project, President John Tippman Jr. said. Interstate Warehousing has expanded three times since opening in 2005. The current location at 700 Bartram Parkway has room for two more modular expansions, which would take the building to 750,000 square feet total before new land would be needed.
The zoning also would be changed from agricultural use to allow light industrial development, Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness said. City sewer service already runs south of the current Interstate Warehousing location; and since the land is currently a farm field, no utility expansion would be necessary, he said.
Annexing Creekside Elementary School could allow the school district to receive tax funds from the city redevelopment commission in the future. Franklin schools received a forgivable loan of $100,500 in tax-increment financing district funds this year to help pay for security upgrades at three schools inside the city limits.
Myers has not started a fiscal plan to study the cost impacts of the annexations yet and could not say what additional expenses the city might incur year-to-year. That study will be completed as part of the annexation process. The city council will have public hearings over the next two months before voting on the annexations.