Worthington Gateway

February 2019 update:

At its February 14th hearing, the Municipal Planning Commission recommended the PUD and Subdivision applications be approved by City Council.  The City Council hearing regarding this development is tentatively scheduled for March 18, 2019.

In coordination with the City, the property owner has requested to rezone the property from the C-4 District (Highway & Automotive Services) to a PUD (Planned Unit Development).  The owner is also requesting 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.  The proposed PUD matches exactly what has been approved by the Architectural Review Board, Municipal Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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 is also working with the applicant on a Development Agreement and Tax Increment Financing Agreement that will go along with the PUD when it goes to City Council for final approval.  Any modification to the PUD would require approval in the future.

A public hearing will be held regarding this request on February 14, 2019.  Please follow this link for more information: 

ARB-MPC February 14, 2019 Meeting

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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