Improvements to Downtown Franklin
Weston & Sampson worked with Town of Franklin to prepare a revitalization strategy for Franklin Center. The strategy includes implementation of a series of infrastructure related improvements (parking, traffic, streetscape, open space expansion) to create a more exciting, cohesive, and aesthetically pleasing retail and residential setting. Franklin is also home to Dean Junior College, which influences much of the retail fabric.
The primary purpose of the planned improvements is to enhance economic development and opportunity and to foster community interaction. The creation of a dynamic and lively town center, at the heart of the Franklin community, will help to restore traditional qualities that were lost as more recent development spread away from the center. In essence, the intent is to capture more of the 20,000 + vehicles per day that pass through downtown Franklin by creating clear signage, safe and convenient parking, new retail and residential development opportunities, and a series of attractive streetscape enhancements.
Specifically, Weston & Sampson helped secure $5 million in funding through the Federal Highway Department’s High Priority Project program and helped prepare a Public Works Economic Development (PWED) grant application for additional funding. We also completed MassDOT Project Need and Project Initiation Forms to place the downtown project on the State Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) list. Weston & Sampson facilitated the community participation process through individual and group meetings with merchants, residents, town department heads, and elected officials.