Grants fund face-lifts to restore historic feel


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Eight downtown Franklin buildings will get a new look as soon as this spring with the help of local and state grants.

The buildings, including a restaurant, theater and three attorney offices, were constructed in the early 1900s and have been remodeled. But business owners say the renovations used designs from different eras and made the buildings look out of place.

The business owners are getting $450,000 from a state grant the city applied for and from an agency created by the city. The money would pay to replace awnings, fix cracked bricks and redo storefronts to make the buildings look more like they originally did.

Architects are working on designs for the work that will be done and working with business owners on what they want.

Business owners and city officials hope the improvements will give the area a more uniform style and will draw more people to downtown Franklin.

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