Planners give blessing to community center

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FRANKLIN—A variance in an ordinance that could allow a community center to be built adjacent to the corner of Broad and South streets won a favorable recommendation from the Franklin city Planning Commission.

William Baxter and the non-profit organization, Church of God Pentecostal Oblation Inc., want to build an 80-by-80-foot community center on approximately .7 acres.

Because of the topography of the area, limitations from a drainage ditch and slopes, and lot size constraints, a parking area has been proposed on the northern part of the lot and the center on the south, leaving the need for a front setback adjacent to the home.

Although there is no minimum setback for business in the ordinance, there is an exception when there is a block with residential and business district frontage, which is set at 25 feet from the right of way of public streets.