Phase 2 of Simsbury Place will go to Worthington City Council with a recommendation of approval from the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC).

Phase 2 of Simsbury Place will go to Worthington City Council with a recommendation of approval from the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC).

The commission made only minor changes to parking and landscaping plans before approving it March 22.

Simsbury Place is the three-story multifamily building at 705 Proprietors Road. It was built five years ago as a luxury condominium complex but later became an apartment building after the condos did not sell.

The new owners of the property, Simsbury Investments, now purposes to build a second apartment building immediately to the north.

It would not be the identical building that was approved in 2005, though. Matching materials and design elements are parts of the plans, but the footprint would be smaller, and parking would not be on the first floor, as originally planned.

Instead of 13,600 square feet, the footprint would be 9,576 square feet. Sixteen living units still are planned, but four would be on the ground floor.

In the first building and in the building originally approved for the northern site, parking was on the ground floor.

Also, the second building would be slightly taller than the first because ceilings would be a foot higher, architect J. Carter Bean said.

"My client wants to do better than the last time," he told MPC.

The height of the first building was contentious during the original planning stages, when several residents from Griswold Street objected. They said the building would overpower their homes, which are directly to the rear of Simsbury Place.

No objections were expressed during the March 22 meeting.

"I'm surprised we don't have the community here tonight," Worthington City Council member Scott Myers said. "Maybe the community softened to the idea. Maybe they're tired of the empty lot."

Myers is council's representative on MPC. He served on the commission during the 2005 hearings.

The new plans allow for the omission of a planned gazebo at the rear of the site and ensure that a 4-foot-tall fence is extended to the north end of the property.

Questioned by Myers, the architect confirmed that the second building might not be built, even if council were to approve.

"It all depends on where the construction numbers come in," Bean said.