Worthington Gateway

November 25, 2019 Update:

The City recently received an update on the Worthington Gateway project. Ohm Patel, CEO of The Witness Group and the developer of the former Holiday Inn site, presented the update at the November 18, 2019 City Council meeting. He shared the following about the revised project scope and construction timeline:

  • The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel proposal, which was previously approved for the site, has been changed to Tru by Hilton.
  • The project timeline has been revised with construction on the Wilson Bridge retail and office buildings set to begin in February 2020. 
  • All retail and office buildings along Wilson Bridge and High Street, as well as separate intersection improvements at Wilson Bridge Road and the drive at the Shops at Worthington Place and at Caren Avenue and High Street  are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
  • The new Tru by Hilton is expected to open in late 2021.

11/18/2019 Presentation to City Council

The Worthington Gateway development will be on the agenda for two upcoming meetings. 

December 5, 2019
The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the temporary fencing and signage that is located at the site.

12/5/2019 BZA Agenda

December 12, 2019 
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) will review an application for the building proposed for High Street at Caren Avenue. The ARB will also review the application for the design of the new proposed hotel. The Municipal Planning Commission will discuss a modification to the approved PUD to accommodate changes to the hotel site. 

12/12/2019 ARB/MPC Applications:

High Street Building

Tru Hotel 

Background Materials

March 2019 Update:

Worthington City Council approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Subdivision application at its March 18, 2019 meeting. 

Worthington City Council Meeting March 18, 2019

In coordination with the City, the property owner requested to rezone the property from the C-4 District (Highway & Automotive Services) to a PUD.  The owner also requested Preliminary and Final Plat approval for a Subdivision to create three (3) lots.  The property owner/developer has worked diligently with City staff over the past several years to get to the point where there is an approved project that has evolved over multiple public meetings addressing staff comments, board and commission comments and comments from the community.  

Rezoning to a PUD gives the City and its citizens the assurance that what has been proposed will be built, maintained and that the mix of uses are agreed to in the future.  The City Council has also approved a Development Agreement and Tax Increment Financing Agreement.  Any modification to the PUD would require approval in the future.

Holiday Inn

December 14, 2018 update:

Demolition has taken place to raze the old Holiday Inn hotel, making way for the construction of the new Worthington Gateway. The west wings were demolished first beginning in December, with the remaining front restaurant and ballroom completed in January. Debris and the foundation will then be removed, with final site clean-up and grading completed by late winter to early spring 2019.

Holiday Inn Demolition

February 26, 2018 update:

At its February 22, 2018 meeting, the Worthington Architectural Review Board (ARB) approved the site plan and architecture for redevelopment of the current Holiday Inn site. The ARB approved the plans submitted by property owner, the Witness Group, after a few modifications were made to the architecture of the two adjacent office buildings, and additional landscaping and screening was added to help screen the property from neighbors. Next, the Witness Group will be required to go to the Board of Zoning appeals to request variances for height, setback and parking.

The plans included findings of the completed traffic and stormwater studies. The traffic study has been approved by the City Engineer and the City’s traffic consultant (Carpenter Marty), who have concluded no negative traffic impact would result from this development. The stormwater study has also been reviewed by the City Engineer and stormwater consultants (ms Consultants) and meets all stormwater standards and requirements.

2/22/2018 Meeting Agenda and Materials
2/22/2018 Meeting Presentation
Final Traffic Study

The project includes one hotel with 111 rooms at four stories in height. The site plan also includes four buildings along West Wilson Bridge Road that range from 6,700 to 13,600 square feet and range from one to two stories in height. These are a mix of commercial and office space. Another building at the corner of High Street and Caren Ave is approximately 11,000 square feet. It will come back to the ARB at a future date for review. The site plan also shows a proposed alignment of the drives with the Shops at Worthington Place. 

The Witness Group, has been working with the City over the past year on the redevelopment of the site to provide a mix of uses that would complement the Wilson Bridge Corridor. 

Previous meeting materials


11/9/17 Meeting Agenda and Materials

10/12/2017 ARB meeting - includes updated site plan
12/8/16 Architectural renderings and site plan
12/8/16 meeting agenda packet
11/10/16 Architectural renderings and site plan
11/10/16 meeting agenda packet
10/13/16 meeting agenda
6/23/16 ARB presentation
6/23/16 Agenda
3/10/16 ARB presentation
2/4/16 Town Hall Presentation

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