THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2021: #9

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Franklin’s taxes are much too high.

There’s no place to shop.

Not enough good restaurants.

Nothing to do here.

Who in their right mind would want to move here? Build a house here?

Turns out lots of people.

In July I blogged about Franklin real estate popularity.

A few weeks later the Journal Sentinel reported on a proposal to build units in the growing SW side of the city.

Franklin and many other communities often clamor for additional housing. But when push comes to shove they can be prone to slamming on the brakes, tossing thumb tacks in the road of progress.

So it’s no surprise the planned units on the SW side could be in jeopardy.

People want to move, build, and live in Franklin. It’s troubling the powers that be may not let them.

A final note about this week’s meeting that didn’t go well for developers: During the proceedings outgoing Franklin Alderman Dan Mayer slammed the proposed 142 units (Mayer has consistently been an obstructionist to any Franklin improvements) with a scare tactic. Build these units and he claimed there could be more than 100 new kids entering Franklin schools. And they simply couldn’t handle the increase.

I’m not sure where Mayer got his numbers. He didn’t say. And since I don’t trust the guy I consulted with a very reliable source, someone who knows a lot more about the impact of new construction on schools than I do.

I was informed the following by my source who doesn’t believe our schools are overcrowded. Based on available data Franklin could be near capacity in some elementary schools. IF so the issue can be resolved by a type of redistricting…redrawing the lines for which students go to which school. Parents don’t like it, but eventually it all works out.

Consider the developments of Velo Village (apartments) near Ballpark Commons and Aspen Woods at 51st and Puetz. The thought was each development could yield about 15 new students. On average FPS annually experiences a proposed average of 10 new students. An exception was the year the city of Milwaukee changed the residency requirement for police officers.

When it comes to multifamily developments it’s uncertain whether a young family, seniors, or 20-30-40 somethings will move in. Childless households are the majority in Franklin.

Recently Mayor Steve Olson met with the business manager at FPS who didn’t raise any concerns about new housing proposals.

My source thinks eventually there will need to be a new elementary school that will generate referendum discussions.

Related news:  A nice ad appeared in the July issue of Site Selection Magazine, a leading publication in corporate real estate, facility planning, location analysis and foreign direct investment.

Franklin Economic Development Director Calli Berg referred to the ad during her annual report presentation to the Franklin Common Council.

Look at the ad here. When it opens click “close” and the page with the ad will show.

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