Prostitution, break-ins drove business from Franklin
October 27, 2013 12:00 AM | 1153 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: Having worked in a professional office on Franklin Road for 10-plus years, I have a first-hand understanding of daily activities in the area. After renewing our lease year after year, our company had enough and there is now another empty office in the area.

We witnessed so much crime and prostitution that we stopped having our clients visit our office. It was an embarrassment to our company for clients to witness the action in the neighborhood. Men were serviced in vehicles just steps from our front door. License plates had to be removed from service vehicles nightly to keep them from being stolen. Our office was broken into and vandalized multiple times.

An older man in a motorized wheelchair used to ride in the street on Franklin Road on the section with no sidewalk. As we feared, he was hit by a turning car that couldn’t see him. We witnessed him being loaded into an ambulance and followed the story to learn he passed at the hospital.

Certainly, all commercial property has seen a decrease in vacancy rates, but how much worse is the Franklin Road area than others? Compare the changes on Franklin Road to Cumberland Parkway — just two exits away and it is obvious the revenue that the City is missing out on.

Marietta has an opportunity to invest in an area with incredible interstate access to bring significant revenue and employment while impacting our crime rates. Or left as-is, I know legitimate business have no choice but to leave the area.

Melissa Surber Marietta
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