Up for sale: Depression-era former post office in Franklin

February 9, 2010
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The City of Franklin is offering two vacant buildings for sale, including the 1936 post office that served as Franklin's City Hall from the early 1980s until 2008. Mayor Fred Paris is suggesting a restaurant would be a good tenant for the former city hall, which sits near the Artcraft Theatre and the Willard Restaurant. The city said the property at 55 W. Madison St. appraised for between $225,000 and $275,000. The other building for sale, a former planning building at 44 N. Jackson St., appraised for $85,000 to $110,000. Bids for one or both of the parcels will be accepted from Feb. 17 through March 16.

  • Did Mayor Fred tell you that both buildings sat under water and sewage during the last flood? Ask the JC Commissioners how much it costs to rehab a flood and sewage damaged building. That is why they had to demo the Oren Wright Annex.

    The Post Office would be cool due to the history, the Planning Building needs to be demo'd.
  • Other idea
    What about users that aren't so precious... there are breweries in Portland in old school buildings.

    Maybe Franklin could find a user that doesn't need to be as air/water tight as standard office space.

    Paintball at the post office?

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