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Franklin Common Council rejects proposed slaughterhouse

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 18:40:05-04

FRANKLIN — The City of Franklin's Common Council has rejected a plan that would have built a slaughterhouse on the city's southwest side.

In a meeting Tuesday night, the Council voted 4-2 against the proposal from Strauss Brands LLC.

Strauss was forced to cancel a proposed $60-million facility in Milwaukee in the face of opposition from protesters and a vote from the Milwaukee Common Council last year.

The Franklin-based company then proposed its 150,000-square-foot building on land it owns in the City of Franklin, at Loomis Road near Ryan Road. Strauss promised the plant would hire upwards of 270 workers.

At the Common Council meeting, critics expressed concerns over the smells, property values and pollution such a facility might lead to. Executives with Strauss contend the high-tech plant would be clean and efficient.

Strauss already operates a meat processing plant, albeit smaller than the proposed one, in the Franklin Business Park at 9775 S. 60th St.

Strauss has operated in the city for more than 50 years.

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