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Panel seeks offers for old Franklin city hall

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A Franklin board is requesting new proposals from buyers interested in the city’s historic former city hall.

The Franklin Redevelopment Commission is asking $212,500 for the building at 55 W. Madison St., which has been vacant since city offices moved in 2009.

Proposals and offers are due to the city by Feb. 17 and will be reviewed by members of the commission. Members aren’t restricting their search to a particular buyer. Members have said in the past that a restaurant would be a good fit for the building, especially since it is near downtown attractions such as the Artcraft Theatre.

The request for proposals does not offer any incentives from the city board. Interested buyers are asked to provide their idea for how to use the building, their offer to buy the property and any assistance they’re requesting.

Two local groups expressed interest in the building when the board last asked for offers last year. One plan would have turned the former city hall into a brewery, pub and restaurant, and another was for a restaurant and some additional space for small shops.

Last June, the commission rejected two proposals for the building, including for a restaurant and a city council member’s proposal to house the city court there.

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