Bank’s $30,000 grant supports Franklin revitalization effort

Mission of PermaCityLife organization is to preserve city’s historic downtown storefronts and buildings


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Shown at the presentation of a $30,000 donation to the nonprofit PermaCityLife, which is working to revitalize downtown Franklin, are, from left: Jordan Urquhart, chef and owner, Toad Hall Tavern; Marty Parichand, owner, Outdoor New England; Jenisha Shrestha, PermaCityLife community development assistant; Todd Workman, PermaCityLife executive director; Oscar Gala Grano, Take Root Coworking; James Aberg, executive director, Franklin Business Industrial Development Center; Tim Morrill, PermaCityLife secretary; Dave Savastano, vice president, , commercial loan officer, Franklin Savings Bank; Jo Brown, owner, The Franklin Studio; Mike Mullavey, PermaCityLife treasurer; Ron Magoon, president, Franklin Savings Bank; and Joseph Kildune, PermaCityLife art director.

Franklin Savings Bank has donated $30,000 to PermaCityLife, an organization working to revitalize Franklin’s downtown.

The group recently acquired seven on the city’s Main Street of Franklin and is working with potential tenants to move their business to the city.

Founded in 2014, PermaCityLife is a nonprofit with a vision to create positive and sustainable economic growth in downtown Franklin. Part of its effort includes preserving Franklin’s historic storefronts and mill buildings.

“Within the last two years, we have seen progress in downtown Franklin with the revival of two buildings and a storefront – all within a few steps of our main office,” said Ron Magoon, president and chief operating office of the bank. “It will be nice to see Franklin return to the great little city it once was where people will want to spend time enjoying all that it has to offer. There is a growing sense of pride and community that is simply wonderful to see and feel.”

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