Old Worthington has not yet been named to the National Register of Historic Places, but the announcement could be coming soon.

Old Worthington has not yet been named to the National Register of Historic Places, but the announcement could be coming soon.

"We do not have the actual notification, but we think it is all but done," Jim Ventresca said Thursday at the annual meeting of the Old Worthington Association at the Worthington Inn.

Another newspaper in Worthington incorrectly reported that the OWA had confirmed the National Register designation.

Ventresca, the president of the organization, had hoped to make the long-awaited announcement at the meeting of the organization that has been working on the application process for more than a decade.

Hundreds of pages of documentation were produced and many meetings and forms filled out in hopes of having the 450-property Old Worthington district listed on the National Register.

On Aug. 28, 2009, the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend it to the U.S. Department of the Interior, which makes the final decision.

Old Worthington is the area bound by North Street on the north, South Street on the south, Morning Street on the east and Evening Street on the west.

The keynote speaker at the annual OWA meeting was city manager Matt Greeson, who gave a last minute presentation on the income-tax levy.

Ventresca also briefly discussed issues of concern to residents and property owners of Old Worthington before handing out annual awards.

An ongoing concern is the CVS on High and North streets. Ventresca said he still hopes the commercial buildings planned for immediately south of the drug store will be built.

There also is concern about the CVS-owned property on the northeast corner, where the drug store was previously located. He said that CVS opposes allowing a grocery store to locate on that site.

Residents have continually told the city that they want a grocery store to be located in that area. Jubilee Foods was closed and torn down to make way for the new CVS.

"We want to do all we can to get CVS to change its mind," Ventresca said.

The organization awarded its annual $500 scholarship to Rachel Webb, a senior at Thomas Worthington High School. She has a 4-point-plus grade average, plays the violin both in the school orchestra and with the Columbus Youth Orchestra, plays on the tennis team and is a student representative on the Worthington Board of Education.

The award annually goes to a Worthington student who intends to study architecture, city planning, government or public service.

Two architectural awards went to property owners who have made improvements that the organization considers worthy of note.

The Certificate of Achievement went to Jill and Steve Cohen for the many renovations and an addition to their home at 162 E. South St.

An Award of Merit went to Rakesh and Shoma Jha for the garage they built on their property at 45 W. Stafford Ave.