A Children’s Museum in Franklin?!

The City of Franklin has decided to lease a vacant piece of property next to the City water sanitation plant. This 53 acre plot is bordered by Harlinsdale Park and Spencer Creek to the South, the Harpeth River and Cheek Park to the West, Mack Hatcher to the North, and First United Methodist Church to the East. The acreage consists mostly of flood way and 100 year floodplain and to this point has not been developed. On Saturday, the Board of Mayor and Alderman will have a mobile work session and visit the 3 development options that have been proposed to the Board:

1. An extension of Cheekwood Golf Club
2. Discovery Center – Spencer Creek
3. Hamlet at Spencer Creek residential development

All 3 proposals are well-thought out options for the development of the area. The housing development proposal has taken good care to not have the houses built in the floodplain, the golf course extension would connect to the existing Cheekwood Golf Club across Mack Hatcher by a pathway underneath the road, and The Discovery Center – Spencer Creek would bring an interactive children’s museum to Franklin while preserving most of the acreage as essentially park space.

The best option in my opinion though is Discovery Center – Spencer Creek. This proposal hands down provides the most benefit to Franklin and the surrounding Middle Tennessee Community. It has been endorsed by both Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District. It would increase tourism to the City, provide jobs and internships, while also retaining 49 of the 53 acres as outdoor environmental learning space and floodplain. It fills a need that is currently vacant in Franklin and all of Williamson County, since Discovery Center – Murfree Spring is a minimum of 45 minutes away in Murfreesboro.

My daughter is almost 2 and we have visited the Discovery Center – Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro many times. The organization is well run, professional, and extremely dedicated to the education and engagement of children and the Middle Tennessee community. The vast majority of growth into Williamson County in the last decade has been that of young families. This museum would only increase the value that Franklin and Williamson County has to that demographic and would exponentially increase its impact to other parts of Middle Tennessee as well.

I would love to speak to the Board of Mayor and Alderman on this issue and would like to bring a list of Franklin residents, particularly those in Ward 4, who would also be interested in establishing Discovery Center – Spencer Creek. If you are willing, please reply in the comment section to this with your name and zip code. The date for the final vote on the proposals has not been set yet. If it is prior to the election, I implore our current Alderman, Margaret Martin, to please vote in favor of the Discovery Center – Spencer Creek. My vote would be a definitive yes if I am Alderman of Ward 4. What an asset it would be to our community!

–Elizabeth

Proposal Power Points to BOMA

Just Vote No – Concerns over proposed Splendor Ridge development

Last Thursday evening, I had the honor of attending the July session of the Franklin Planning Commission. One of the topics discussed was the proposed Splendor Ridge Development, a new 19 single family home subdivision on 27.5 acres located between Lancaster Drive and the Harpeth River, on the current Riverview site on Franklin Road across from Battle Ground Academy Lower School. Continue reading “Just Vote No – Concerns over proposed Splendor Ridge development”

Save the Factory Water Tower

One of the reasons my husband and I moved to Franklin 8 years ago and chose this bucolic town to raise our family is Franklin’s dedication to historic preservation. The Heritage Foundation, along with organizations such as The Battle of Franklin Trust and the Franklin Historic Zoning Commission have made preserving the history and iconography that is Franklin important and as a service to the public good. Continue reading “Save the Factory Water Tower”

Announcing my candidacy

Hello Franklin, Tennessee! I received the official email from the Williamson County Election Commissioner this afternoon and thanks to all of you who signed my petition, I can officially announce my candidacy for Franklin’s Ward 4 Alderman.

Ward 4 encompasses Franklin’s historic downtown and all the growth and development in the western part of the city. A vibrant district of residents, businesses, and lots of visitors, Franklin and Ward 4 has been my home for 8 years now and I’m so excited for the chance to serve my beloved community.

Over the next 3 months, I hope to meet and speak to many of you. I am interested in hearing your concerns, your praises, your wants and needs. This city has been made great because of the devoted engagement it has received from its citizens and I hope to be an active part in moving Franklin forward to what’s next.

–Elizabeth