Standing their ground: Janice and Phil McCord say the Franklin Street road expansion project might hurt their business so much they'll have to close. The McCords are contesting the city's seizure of their land. (Maribeth Vaughn/Daily Reporter)
Making room: City officials say it's important to widen Franklin Street for industrial traffic flow and to create a thoroughfare for residents on Greenfield's south side. (Brian Davis/Daily Reporter graphic)
GREENFIELD — They know they’re fighting a losing battle, but Phil and Janice McCord say a city road expansion project will affect their business so adversely they can’t help but stick to their guns in protest.
The owners of Red Rooster Antiques are not only upset the Franklin Street road-widening project will intrude on their land, but they are shocked at the amount of money it’s costing the city to seize their property through the eminent domain process.
While the McCords say they’ll take the issue all the way to trial, they might wind up closing their doors for good.
Greenfield officials have been planning for years to expand Franklin Street to three lanes from Main Street to Tague Street, and widen the two existing lanes south to Davis Road. Over the last two years, the city has spent nearly $366,000 on 17 parcels of land, buying up property from private businesses and landowners to make way for an expanded industrial street.
But two parties have refused the city’s offers and are disputing the issue in court through eminent domain, the process by which municipalities can buy land for public infrastructure projects.
The McCords are one of them. Red Rooster Antiques is on the southwest corner of Franklin and Main streets, and the city needs 2,050 square feet of its land to expand Franklin.