Franklin Mills roads will receive $1.5 million upgrade

Potholes in Frank­lin Mills’ drive­ways and park­ing lots gen­er­ate a lot of neigh­bor­hood com­plaints, ac­cord­ing to talk last week at the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation’s meet­ing at Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation on Deer­path Lane.

But the com­pany that man­ages the huge shop­ping mall at Knights and Academy roads is go­ing to do something about it, said Mike Brem­ser, the as­so­ci­ation’s sec­ret­ary.

Brem­ser told mem­bers at the group’s April 29 ses­sion that he sits on the Frank­lin Mills Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil and that the mall’s man­ager plans to spend $1.5 mil­lion up­grad­ing the pav­ing at the site’s three main en­trances. The mall is man­aged by Si­mon Prop­erty Group of In­di­ana­pol­is.

Brem­ser said the com­pany is go­ing to spend an­oth­er half-mil­lion dol­lars on the mall’s roof. He ad­ded a new Wal­mart is ex­pec­ted to be open by Au­gust.

Across Wood­haven Road at Knights Plaza, there will be an im­prove­ment of an­oth­er kind — a new gro­cery store.

John Kradz­in­ski, the as­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent, said a rep­res­ent­at­ive of Marx Re­alty, the shop­ping cen­ter’s own­er, told him Save a Lot will move in­to va­cant re­tail space in the cen­ter. 

He said a Marx rep will at­tend the as­so­ci­ation’s June meet­ing to talk about the gro­cery store and oth­er changes. Kradz­in­ski said a new deli also will be open­ing up at the plaza. ••

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