Construction costs would prohibit the addition of a fifth story to the apartment building being planned at the Shops at Worthington Place.

Construction costs would prohibit the addition of a fifth story to the apartment building being planned at the Shops at Worthington Place.

Developer Nelson Yoder, representing Crawford Hoying Development Partners, told the Architectural Review Board on Nov. 8 that an additional story to allow for some larger, three-bedroom apartments is not cost-effective.

That means the building would be four stories over an underground garage, as originally was proposed for the Worthington Place residential community apartment building.

The ARB is reviewing plans for the 100-plus-unit building and the 18-unit townhouse complex. The plans have had two hearing before the review board, and more changes will be made before plans are approved, according the board members.

If approved, the apartments and townhouses will be built in the north and northwest parking lots at the mall, which recently underwent extensive renovations.

ARB members said they want to make sure the housing units look good and continue to look good for a long time.

Materials need to have a life cycle of more than a decade, ARB chairman Richard Hunter said.

"This building has to stand the test of time," he said of the apartment building.

The configuration of the building has changed since the first proposal. Instead of a U-shaped outdoor amenities deck, new plans show a W-shaped deck, with a small pool in one section and seating for quiet recreation in one section.

The other change was the removal of three townhouses from the plan. The original proposal called for 21 three-story townhouses north of the mall. The new configuration will allow the main drive isle at the mall to extend to Old West Wilson Bridge Road, with all of the units to the west.

Also, a parking space for each unit has been added to the rear of the townhouses. The units will face Old West Wilson Bridge Road.

Besides materials and aesthetics, ARB members express-ed concerns about the impact on traffic circulation and parking in and around the mall.

Traffic and parking studies are being done.

Tom Carter, co-owner of Worthington Place, said he shares the concerns. No plans will move forward until all of the parking questions are answered, he said.

The additional traffic could force the city's hand in making changes to the streets and traffic signals in the entire area, Hunter said.

Also at the meeting, the ARB:

* Approved changes to the front of the Verizon store at 5625 N. High St. White stucco will be painted black with red trim, and red awnings will be added.

* Approved a sign for Rejuvenating Therapeutic Massage, LLC, a new business opening at 9 W. New England Ave.

* Approved a new railing for the front steps at the Worthington Inn, 649 High St.