A ballot issue to permit alcohol to be served at the 752 Building has been certified for the November general election.

A ballot issue to permit alcohol to be served at the 752 Building has been certified for the November general election.

Residents in Worthington Precinct 4-A will decide whether the old building on the northeast quadrant of the Village Green, as well as other commercial buildings in the precinct, will be allowed to serve alcohol.

Precinct 4A includes the east side of High Street, north of Granville Road and south of Worthington-Galena Road. Most, but not all, of the residential properties in that area are in 4-A.

Four issues will appear on the ballot.

Issue 29-B would allow beer. Issue 30-B would allow wine, and Issue 30-C would allow mixed drinks to be served for on-premise consumption.

Issue 31-B would permit Sunday sales.

The issues were placed on the ballot by the Community Improvement Corp. (CIC), an arm of Worthington city government.

The CIC is attempting to lease the old 752 Building, which is owned by the city and has been vacant for a decade. It was built in 1927 as the Kilbourne Memorial Library and most recently was occupied by the Worthington City Schools central administrative staff.

The city purchased the building in 2006 and has been struggling to make improvements and to find a use for it. Worthington City Council turned the building over to the CIC, which has been trying to lease it.

Some interest has been shown by restaurants, but most would want to be able to sell alcohol, said Thomas Dalcolma, CIC chairman.

Besides the 752 Building, the liquor options would allow permits to be purchased for the buildings being developed immediately south of CVS, as well as the FedEx Office building on the northeast corner of North and High streets and the former Columbus Prescription Pharmacy on the southeast corner of Worthington-Galena Road and High Street.

"This will give us the opportunity to stimulate economic development and to find another use for the Kilbourne Memorial Library," said Bonnie Michael, a Worthington council member who serves on the CIC.

She and other volunteers collected enough signatures on a petition to place the issues on the ballot. Now she expects to return with information packets to help 4-A voters understand the issues.