A few years ago, the city soundly rejected a proposal to build a Walgreens in the front parking lot at the Worthington Holiday Inn.

A few years ago, the city soundly rejected a proposal to build a Walgreens in the front parking lot at the Worthington Holiday Inn.

Will a similar proposal from a local credit union meet a different fate?

That may become evident tonight (Thursday, Feb. 24), when the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) consider a proposal to build a new Telhio Credit Union at 7007 N. High St., in front of the Holiday Inn.

The credit union is currently located a block away, at the entrance to Worthington Square.

The new 3,115-square-foot building would be set back more than 100 feet from High Street, well within required setbacks.

The red brick building and columns forming three drive-through lanes would also include a buffstone colored stone water table, frieze and accent bands.

It would have a cross-hipped roof, with the larger portion running east-west over the main building, and a shorter arm extending north to cover the drive-through.

Two existing curb lanes would remain. One is from North High Street, the other from Caren Avenue.

Currently there are 106 parking spaces on the portion of the lot under consideration. With the new building, there would be 65. Thirteen are needed for the credit union. That would leave 52 spaces for the conference center at Holiday Inn, with 65 spaces available during non-business hours.

Telhio is open Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When neighbors and the city objected to the Walgreen's proposal, the main concerns were over the traffic that would be generated, especially into nearby residential neighborhoods.

While the city's development staff has not taken an official stand on this proposal, a staff memo notes that "traffic patterns will not be greatly affected with this development."

It also notes the use is compatible with the general area, but that the plan may preclude future redevelopment that is denser, closer to the street for pedestrians, and a mix of uses on the site, as has been discussed as part of the Wilson Bridge Road planning study.

The proposal requires approval of the ARB and a conditional use permit for a credit union with a drive-thru in C-4 zoning district from MPC.