Worthington News

Segna Motors site rezoned for shopping center

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The recently annexed Segna Motors site has been rezoned to allow the construction of a shopping center, which is planned for the land at the southwest corner of Linworth and West Dublin-Granville roads.

Worthington City Council on Dec. 9 approved the C-2 zoning classification.

All five parcels that recently were annexed from Perry Township are included in the new zoning category. Two additional parcels already in the city are expected to receive the same zoning classification after the entire plat is combined.

Combined, the new lot will be about 4.6 acres, stretching from Linworth Road nearly to the railroad tracks, where a small plot remains part of Perry Township.

A developer from West Virginia earlier announced plans to build a shopping center on the site. No development applications have been filed, but city staff members have had discussions about the development.

C-2 zoning means the land is appropriate for a concentration of a wide variety of retail and service establishments centrally located within the population it serves.

Permitted uses include retail sales, business offices, medical/ dental offices, personal services, public uses, banks and restaurants.

Conditional uses, over which the city has more control, include drive-in banks, semi-public uses, lawn and garden centers, bakeries, plant production and drive-in pharmacies.

The zoning follows the recommendation of the city's 2005 comprehensive plan that a neighborhood retail service center be established to create a commercial node for the community.

Council on Dec. 2 approved a tax-increment-financing (TIF) on the proposed development. It will exempt 75 percent of the improvements from real estate property taxes for 10 years, with service payments equal to the amount exempted directed to a fund for public infrastructure improvements to the area.

The agreement will ensure that the Worthington City School District is paid in the end, when the city will share half of all income-tax revenues once payroll for new employees exceeds $1 million. Income tax generally is paid to municipalities, and the majority of property taxes benefit schools.

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