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UMCH property

Survey still available for residents to weigh in on site's future


A survey to identify the preferences of Worthington residents regarding uses for the United Methodist Children's Home property will be available through March 7.

Developed by the Worthington Alliance for Responsible Development, the survey is being distributed in print and electronic format.

WARD, as it's called, with more than 200 members from all parts of Worthington, was formed last fall after a public meeting during which developers from Continental Realty proposed building a Giant Eagle on the 40-acre UMCH site, 1033 High St.

The plans were withdrawn following the meeting, which was attended by more than 200 people. The reaction to the proposal was negative.

WARD was formed by residents who said they wanted more of a say in how the property is developed.

During its Feb. 19 meeting, Worthington City Council amended the city planning and zoning code to include Planned Unit Development, a zoning category that encourages mixed-use developments and could be used in any future development of UMCH.

The zoning not only permits several uses on one property but also allows the city and developer to negotiate such issues as development plans, site design, architecture, materials and landscaping as part of the zoning decision.

The WARD survey asks respondents to express their opinions about what type of development they would prefer. Among the options listed are grocery stores, services, retailers, residential development, recreational uses and restaurants.

Within each category are listed specific options, such as small-chain or locally owned grocery; professional or medical offices; and apartments or single-family homes. Each option asks for a 1-5 rating and allows comments.

Printed copies of the survey are available at the following locations: the community table at the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.; the east entrance of the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.; and residences at 160 Longfellow Ave. and 58 Larrimer Ave. Return locations are specified on the survey.

Worthington residents can stay connected with WARD by searching "WARDWorthington" on Facebook or Googlegroups.com.