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New Proposal Submitted for Methodist Site in Worthington

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Proposal Submitted for Methodist Site in WorthingtonA view of the densest portion of the proposed development. Renderings by LRK.
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Lifestyle Communities has submitted a new plan for the former United Methodist Children’s Home site, a piece of underdeveloped land near Worthington’s historic center that has been the subject of much debate over the years.

The Columbus-based developer ran into significant neighborhood opposition five years ago, when it proposed building a large mixed-use development on the well-positioned site.

Located at 1033 High Street, directly across from the Worthington Municipal Building, the 37-acre site is bordered by single family homes to the west and commercial development to the north and south.

The latest proposal is similar in scale to the previous one, but has been redesigned. The new plan calls for 60,000 square feet of commercial space, 25,000 square feet devoted specifically to medical offices, 612 apartments, 94 townhomes and 19 single family homes.

The densest part of the development would be located near High Street, with five-story buildings containing apartments and commercial uses supported by a parking garage.

The plan was submitted on October 5, about two weeks after Worthington’s planning commission and architecture review board weighed in on an initial proposal to redevelop the the Shops at Worthington Place, which sits about a mile to the north.

Multiple resident-based groups have formed to oppose developing the site or to offer alternatives to the vision for the site laid out by the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which was updated in 2014 when the United Methodist Church was discussing plans to sell the property and calls for a walkable, mixed-use development.

One group, called Project Community Park Worthington, advocates for only developing the High Street frontage and building a 30-acre park on the rest of the land. Another group, Building Worthington’s Future, has focused more on the economic development needs of the city and has been more favorable to developing the site.

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

A look at the proposed development from the other side of High Street.
Townhomes and apartments.
The buildings would be arranged around several central green spaces.
A street with single family homes on one side and townhomes on the other.
An overview of the development, with the taller buildings closer to High Street at the top of the image.
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