Moving in the right direction

Published 10:09 am Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority should be commended for looking into its options for the shuttered Suburban Gardens public housing complex.

According to the FRHA, three options are being considered: renovate and reopen the complex as apartments, demolish the complex and replace it with townhomes, or demolish the complex and replace it with single-family homes. All three options would make a provision for more open community space.

Whatever is ultimately decided, it would be an improvement over what Suburban Gardens has become: an eyesore.

Since it closed in 2007, about the only thing the boarded-up buildings are useful for are combat training by the military and SWAT training by police in the region. And while we support our military and police and want to see them properly trained, it’s not very comforting that part of Franklin sometimes resembles Fallujah.

But it seems the FRHA is moving in the right direction to change that. We can’t wait to see what happens at that site next.