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Letter: Concord-Franklin connection

The recent issues surrounding the Vegas Block in Concord have struck a chord in Franklin, which is facing some of the same important challenges, although on a smaller scale.

As Franklin works on different revitalization efforts, we recognize the need to provide housing opportunities for everyone – including our senior population.

Striking a balance between affordable housing and the need to bring in new market-rate housing that can help in overall economic development improvements to our downtown is not easy.

The city is looking forward to taking positive steps in learning how best to achieve that balance in the next eight to 10 months.

Franklin was selected by the Citizens Institute for Rural Design for a spring 2015 workshop that will focus on housing, economic growth and serving the needs of all segments of our population.

This project was selected as one of four projects across the county out of 48 total applications. Franklin will work with the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, PlanNH and experts made available by the CIRD on a multi-day forum.

Challenges and opportunities will be discussed, and positive solutions will be proposed.

We hope that interested persons from the Concord region will be able to join us at the workshops and take home some helpful information that can be put to good use.

RICHARD LEWIS

Franklin

(The writer is the Franklin’s planning and zoning director.)

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