By ROBERT S. MERRILL
FRANKLIN – Several residents of Franklin, including Mayor Wayne Priestley, and the surrounding community met this week with private developers of a proposed multi-use horse complex to explain the project, gather input, and answer questions.
The open-house format in the city building lasted three hours and allowed some 75 folks to come and go as they pleased. Earnest E. Bleinberger, principal of Strategy 5 LLC Consulting, is the driving force behind the $80 million multi-purpose equine complex planned for Franklin.
Two weeks ago his group announced the purchase of 167 acres of ground on the south edge of Franklin.
“The development concept includes: boarding and training facilities, a hotel that has access to stable facilities for horses being transported, commercial sites, agricultural retail, restaurant(s), an equine hospital, an indoor arena purposely built for television and the internet, upscale condos for horse enthusiasts, and cultural/ educational/entertainment components,” he said.
He explained the facility will not be a race track/gaming complex or have single-family homes. “We are in no way connected with Legacy Ranches Subdivision or its developer, Maple Leaf Investments.”
Actual construction of riding rings, corrals, and possibly a barn could begin next spring.
Bleinberger said several residents offered constructive ideas on Tuesday. “We had sheets of paper at the open house where comments could be made and we will seriously review them in our over-all planning process,” he said. “We had a good cross-section of people attend, from planning and zoning officials to horse enthusiasts. Generally speaking we had some very positive comments and answered some questions.”
See next week’s Preston Citizen for complete story.
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