The city of Worthington has taken the first step toward annexing 2.8 acres at the southwest corner of West Dublin-Granville and Linworth roads.
Worthington City Council on July 8 approved a resolution stating what city services it would provide if the land were to become part of the city. The resolution will be sent to Franklin County, where commissioners are scheduled to hear the annexation request July 30.
The property owner, Segna Motors, applied to have the land annexed from Perry Township to Worthington on June 27.
According to published reports, the West Virginia-based Premier Commercial Real Estate plans to build a shopping center called Linworth Crossing.
The land has been vacant for about four years, since Segna Motors, a Volvo dealership, closed its doors.
According to leasing information available online, space in the proposed 40,000-square-foot center will lease for $22 per square foot, and the center will open in March 2014.
First, it must complete the annexation process, which will take until at least September.
Council's July 8 resolution was required for the hearing at the end of the month. Required for the annexation process to continue, it simply states that the full range of city services would be provided to the site.
According to Worthington law director Pam Fox, Franklin County commissioners are required to approve the annexation. If they do, it must sit for 60 days to allow interested parties to inspect it. Then it will be presented to Worthington City Council for approval.
Any development on the site then will be subject to Worthington's planning and zoning regulations, including a requirement that any buildings be approved by the Architectural Review Board.
Also on July 8, council witnessed the swearing-in of Chris Betts as the city's new fire captain.
Betts has been with the Worthington Division of Fire since 1990 as a firefighter-paramedic. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2005 and was selected to fill the captain's position after an extensive process that included as assessment by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, a community-panel interview and a final interview.