The first scheduled public hearing dealing with the unexpected elevation of the CVS store will be June 12.

The first scheduled public hearing dealing with the unexpected elevation of the CVS store will be June 12.

Representatives of Skilken Properties, which is building the new store, informally proposed solutions at last week's Municipal Planning Commission meeting, but there was no agreement among commissioners about how sidewalks and landscaping should be redesigned in front of the building that is under construction at the southeast corner of North and High streets.

The 13,000-square-foot building was built nine-and-a-half inches lower than approved by MPC. The building appears to be built in a hole when viewed from the street.

Now originally proposed sidewalks and landscaping areas must be moved - and probably a retaining wall constructed - to make adjustments for the new slopes created.

The builders last week proposed moving the sidewalk closer to the street, with a sloping green area between the walk and the building. That would mean removing current street trees, and the walk would not line up with the sidewalk to the south.

Planning commission member James Sauer said it would also result in less of a paved area at the corner, where people might like to congregate.

He suggested leaving the sidewalk where it is and building a retaining wall on the west side of the sidewalk.

Worthington council member Dave Foust agreed that he would like to see the sidewalk line up with those that lead to downtown Worthington.

"I have no trouble moving the sidewalk closer to the street," said commission member Richard Hunter. A retaining wall could mimic those in front of the shops in downtown Worthington, he pointed out.

Foust said the wall could be placed anywhere between the street and the building.

A formal proposal from Skilken is expected to be presented to the city by Friday so that it can be included in the June 12 agenda, said Worthington development coordinator Lynda Bitar.

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