The Franklin Mayor and Aldermen’s Council and the Municipal Planning Commission discussed a revision of the Franklin Mill Development Plan at a joint workshop Thursday night.

The plan proposes the addition of a 2,600 square foot carousel and changes to standards for signage, location of waste areas and height of fences.

Local bronze artist and master carver Ken Means will help build the carousel and provide the carousel animals, which he has been carving and painting for several years. His work includes horses, giraffes, tigers, dragons, and other whimsical species, and he has been featured in multiple media.

Incidental use of the carousel building is considered commercial recreation. The City of Franklin’s zoning ordinance restricts use to establishments “engaged in the provision of participatory sports, recreation, or fitness services to the public for a fee, such as fitness and recreational sports centers, health and fitness studios, bowling centers, miniature golf courses, paintball or laser tag arenas, recreational day camps and other recreational activities.

Holladay Properties, which bought The Factory late last year, is also asking to allow dumpsters in the second facade of The Factory along Liberty Pike and to change the wall height chart to allow a wall to be closer than the required 15 feet to the lot line on a side street of a corner lot. Both requests require a modification of the standards.

“Our request to change this standard would allow for increased capacity for new businesses and new tenants, to fit into the proposed parking lot, and to be masked by additional landscaping,” said a presentation at the workshop. of Thursday.

Additionally, Holladay Properties wants to allow signage to be in the form of a representative element of a tenant’s logo or symbol, one strip panel per tenant along the same frontage, awning panels above above or below the roofline, vertical blade panels along a facade when the elevation is less than two stories, one small projecting sign per tenant along the same facade, and two wall signs painted directly on the existing water tower of approximately 350 square feet each.

“There’s a lot of pedestrian activation going on here, and I think we should treat this property a little differently because of that,” Ward 2 Alderman Matt Brown said. “I think we can all be very excited about the economic, cultural and quality of life impact this is going to have on our community, so I think to the extent that we need to make these changes, we should.”

The revision of the development plan will be resubmitted on August 4 for discussion by the planning commission on August 25.