Worthington police headquarters will receive a long-overdue facelift as part of the city's 2013 building improvement program.
The Worthington Architectural Review Board on July 11 approved of building a new roof, repairs and replacement of wood fascia and soffits, and reconstruction of a crumbling stairway.
The existing shake roof will be replaced with fiberglass shingles that appear to be wood shakes. Metal roofing on dormers also will be replaced.
City leaders considered replacing the 35-year-old roof as long ago as 1991, when the city purchased the building. At that time, redesigning the mansard roof was discussed, but it was decided that the major reconstruction would be too costly.
Roof replacement will cost $18,712; siding and trim repair, replacement and painting will cost $12,160; and the replacement of the south stairway will cost $14,522.
The $45,394 project is part of building improvements scheduled for this fall.
Total cost for all improvements in the 2013 program is estimated at $155,875 and includes upgrades at the fire station and the Griswold Center and replacement of carpeting at the Municipal Building.
The police department is at 6555 Worthington-Galena Road, behind the fire station and the Municipal Building. It is part of the Architectural Review District because it is part of the city building complex that faces North High Street, which is part of the ARD.
Also at the meeting, the review board approved:
•New signs at the Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St.
•New signs at HER Realtors, 681 High St. The name is being changed from Real Living HER, and the signs will incorporate a new logo.
•Landscaping changes and signs for Not Your Daddy's Buzz Cuts, a new barbershop at 45 E. Old Wilson Bridge Road.
•Repairs to the brick walls at Toll Gate Square Condominiums, 970 High St.
•A new picket fence behind the house at 86 W. North St.