Old house in Linworth
Demolition to clear path for commercial development
A 180-year-old house in Linworth will be demolished to make way for commercial growth.
The Worthington Architectural Review Board (ARB) on July 12 approved the demolition of the house at 2287 W. Dublin-Granville Road.
The house is owned by Segna Investment and is part of a 5-acre parcel that stretches from Linworth Road nearly to the railroad tracks, on the north side of the road.
"We're trying to clean up the site so we have something more viable," Joseph Segna told the ARB.
Two vacant service stations on the property also will be demolished, he said.
The two-story frame house was built circa 1830, according to some records, Worthington development coordinator Lynda Bitar said. The actual construction date could have been later, she added.
In recent years, it was a bait shop and a camper sales business.
The house is in disrepair, is not served by utilities and probably could not be repaired to meet zoning codes, she said.
"Normally, we don't want to see a structure of this age demolished, but there is not much to save," she said.
The property includes the showroom of the former Segna Motors, where Volvos once were sold.
Part of the property is in Worthington, and part is in Perry Township.
In other matters at the meeting, the ARB tabled a sign proposed for the Swan Cleaners that would occupy a storefront at the Shops at Worthington Place.
A projection sign and an evening drop box were approved, but the primary sign above the windows did not meet the board's expectations for new signs at the mall.
The board did approve a new sign for First Watch. A current restaurant at the mall, First Watch will remain throughout the renovation of the mall.
Also approved was a sign already installed at Delightful Cakes, a new bakery that opened recently at 2171 W. Dublin-Granville Road.