Gateways, downtown top local priorities

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As more that 50,000 vehicles pass Franklin on the interstate every day, a vacant lot where a rundown motel used to stand, an empty strip mall, gas stations and fast-food restaurants aren’t getting people to stop.

New manufacturers are opening factories or expanding; new shops have been opening downtown; and festivals draw thousands of visitors to the city.

But if drivers never make that turn onto the exit ramp, they never find those attractions in Franklin, Mayor Joe McGuinness said. His hope is if the city can attract some restaurants or a new hotel those developments would help draw visitors into other parts of the city, too.

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