Flood-prone land to become amphitheater space for Franklin

A central Indiana city is pushing ahead with plans to turn a stretch of flood-prone land into a green space that will include an amphitheater and room for festivals.

Franklin's redevelopment commission reached an agreement last week to spend $850,000 to buy a key piece of land and relocate two businesses for the project.

The planned 14-acre green space along Young's Creek will host festivals and events and also absorb the floodwaters in the city about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, according to the Daily Journal of Franklin.

Franklin has made three other land purchases along the creek since flooding in 2017 again damaged businesses in the flood-prone area.

Mayor Steve Barnett said the green space and its amphitheater will change the look of downtown Franklin, spur investment and create a new public gathering space.

Generations Collision Services and Graham’s Wrecker Service will be moved from Monroe Street to help free up the land.  Graham's has been located in downtown Franklin for 90 years, including the last 45 at the current site.

Franklin's redevelopment commission reached an agreement last week to spend $850,000 to buy a key piece of land and relocate two businesses for the project.

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