FRANKLIN, Ind. - An old road in Franklin is being renamed to honor a Hoosier hero and provide some relief for businesses looking to grow in the area.
Lovers Lane sits off I-65. That's where construction is currently underway on a $20 million project to create a gateway into the city.
“We want to get new development out here, hotels, restaurants, amenities for our residents. People who are visiting our community, or stopping off the interstate," explained Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness.
Along the way, consultants for the City told McGuinness it might be best to change the name of Lovers Lane. For years, businesses on the lane have been changing their addresses to drives in order to avoid putting Lovers Lane on their business cards.
The City decided to rename the road after Major General R. Martin Umbarger. He retired last year from the Indiana National Guard, but not before pushing to bring the Indiana National Guard Armory to that very same road.
“If it wasn’t for General Umbarger and his persistence and his desire to have it in Johnson county, it probably wouldn’t be here. So we honor him and thank him for that, in addition to his decades of service to our state and to our country," said McGuinness.
The road will officially be renamed on January 1.