Residents on Monday made their positions known on the new welcome center taking shape in town

FRANCONIA — Residents on Monday made their positions known on the new welcome center taking shape in town, a half-million-dollar project between the library and town hall that is being funded by an anonymous donor and is slated for completion in July. Most residents who spoke during the public hearing at Franconia Town Hall applauded the Select Board for the effort. Others were less supportive and believe the board should have listened to the town vote in 2021 that rejected $275,000 in funding for the project, which began as a rebuilding of the public restrooms and warming hut by the skating rink, and evolved to a tear-down of the old building and construction of the new. Providing an update on the project and informing residents on how it reached its current stage was Town Administrator Kim Cowles, who said things are moving along well.

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