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Board to Hear Updated Plan for Worthington Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Board to Hear Updated Plan for Worthington SiteA view of one street in the proposed development, with single family homes on one side and townhomes on the other. Rendering by LRK.
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An updated proposal for the former United Methodist Children’s Home site in Worthington will be reviewed by the city’s Architectural Review Board/Municipal Planning Commission next month.

The latest plan for the 37-acre site calls for more office space and fewer residential units than a proposal from last fall that was reviewed by the board in January.

Some of the renderings in the new documents submitted to the city by the developer – Lifestyle Communities – are the same as the images in the earlier proposal, and it appears that many design elements remain the same.

The number of apartments in the development has decreased from 612 to 420, while the overall amount of commercial space has increased from 85,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet. The new proposal calls for more townhomes (158 compared to 94), but a similar number of single family houses (22 compared to 19).

A 6.4-acre green space along Tucker Creek is still planned for the site’s southern border.

The potential redevelopment of the site, located at 1033 High St., has been a topic of much interest and discussion in Worthington for nearly a decade. A 2015 plan for the site ran into significant neighborhood opposition.

For more information on the new proposal, see worthington.org.

Read more: New Development Proposals Will Shape Worthington’s Future

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