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Franklin to build parking lot near park


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The city of Franklin wants to spend $600,000 on a 200-space parking lot near a city park.

The city will build the parking lot next to Scott Park on part of 19 acres of land that will be donated to the city by Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi, according to Franklin Parks Superintendent Chip Orner.

Orner said he expects the project to cost more than $600,000 to build the parking lot and a drainage system beneath it.

Multiple baseball and softball leagues use Scott Park in the summer, and park visitors currently have to drive through a residential neighborhood to get to the park. As part of the work to build the parking lot, the city will create an entrance to Scott Park off Commerce Drive, which will allow visitors to get to the park without going through the neighborhood, he said.

The rest of the land will be used for additional baseball diamonds or parking in the future, Orner said.

Eskenazi offered to donate the land to the city three years ago, but the city has not built anything on it because Eskenazi does not want to officially turn the land over to the city yet for tax reasons, city attorney Lynn Gray said. She is unsure when the land will become city-owned property.

The city park board approved building the parking lot on the land now because Eskenazi’s company has agreed to pay the city back for any construction it does on the land if the property is not donated, Gray said.

Construction on the parking lot will start next year, and the city plans to open it next summer.

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