EXISTING CONDITIONS: The Transition planning area encompasses the established residential neighborhoods within the downtown area. This area is primarily located east of Riley Boulevard along Sixth Street. Buildings here are characterized by aging single-family homes with the occasional retail or office use. The area is fairly dense as most of these narrow lots and homes are laid close together with minimal side yards. These homes are mostly small in size and often have detached garages offset to the rear of the main building.
Community input shows there is a will to update and modernize the housing stock in the downtown area as growth occurs and these properties become available for redevelopment. An increased density of residential typologies such as townhomes and newer single-family homes are desired here
- Walkability within and around the transition residential neighborhoods should be improved. There is a need for treating uneven pavements, and traffic speed control mechanisms along neighborhood streets
- The aging housing stock in Downtown Franklin needs to be updated and bolstered. As new development occurs, it should focus on meeting the housing demand with high-quality, modern residential options
- Incentives to increase standards of property maintenance and encourage property owners to invest in improving building conditions are required
- Infill and redevelopment that focuses on updating and expanding the housing stock should be pursued in these areas. New development can include townhomes and other low-density attached residential options to serve a growing community