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This would be good for Franklin

Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is planning a 191,000-square-foot store in Franklin.

The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that Meijer is planning to open one of its huge big box stores in Franklin at the Crossroads site at Highway 100 and Loomis.

Meijer would provide Franklin consumers (who currently live in a desert of shopping options) another retail choice. The nearby Target would face competition. That's good news, not bad.

Franklin alderman Steve Olson has sent out the following e-mail:

"On MONDAY evening, 6:30pm in the Common Council chambers at City Hall, the Common Council will be presented with a CONCEPT for a development of a Meijer department store at the Crossroads (Hwy 100 and Loomis).

This CONCEPT REVIEW is an opportunity for the developer to present their preliminary plans to the Common Council to take comment and to determine if they will move forward in working with the city to develop the plan.

Like all meetings at the City, the meeting is open to the public.

The concept review is NOT a public hearing.  It’s a presentation by the developers to the Council for their comment.

I am attaching the preliminary submittal by the developer for your review.

Should the developer choose to proceed with an application, I will expect a public hearing on the matter along with a neighborhood meeting for property owners in close proximity to the development so that they may offer input and concerns.

Please remember that this will be the first opportunity for the Common Council to review this possible proposal and offer comment.  Knowing that, please be aware that the Council MAY OR MAY NOT allow for public comment at this meeting.  I am presenting this information to you for your thoughtful consideration and to allow you time to form good questions and opinions prior to a public hearing.

No decisions have been made.

As always, feel free to contact me with your questions."

Steve Olson
Alderman, 1st District
8091 S. Meadowcreek Ct.
Franklin, Wisconsin  53132

It's very early in the process but keep in mind Franklin fails when it comes to economic development. Watch for the city to do everything in its power, even if it's unintentional, to mess this up.

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