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Worthington Industries' plans move to council for approval


An expanded fitness center, a rooftop plaza and an employee cafe all could be part of the improvements planned at the Worthington Industries office at 200 Old Wilson Bridge Road.

Recommended for approval by the Municipal Planning Commission on Feb. 13, the amendment to the development plan to make way for the changes still must get City Council's approval.

Since it moved into its new corporate offices in Worthington a decade ago, the number of employees has increased at 200 Old Wilson Bridge Road, and the building recently was attached with a canopied walkway to the office building next door, which houses office workers from Worthington Steel.

All would be able to use the new fitness center, which would expand by 3,000 square feet from its current 121,000 square feet.

The fitness-center expansion would require extending the below-ground-level center by 40 feet to the north, toward Interstate 270. Because it would extend into the required setback, a variance is required.

The variance is part of the amended development plan.

Atop the expanded fitness center would be a plaza for seating, with both a new conference room and a new employee cafe planned for the first floor.

The ground to the north of the building would be re-graded and landscaped to allow for outdoor eating/break space. It is designed to be continuous with the rooftop outdoor plaza.

The rooftop plaza would include plantings, seat walls, skylights in the floor for the fitness center, stairs to the fitness center, a rail around the terrace and a walkway connecting to the east side of the building.