Worthington News

Special meeting with quorum

Council OKs Simsbury Place amendment


An amendment to the development plan for Simsbury Place apartments will not have to wait until September after all.

Worthington City Council met in special session July 31 to address issues that were postponed when the regularly scheduled July 21 meeting was canceled because of a lack of a quorum. Only three of seven council members attended that night. A quorum requires four.

The Simsbury Place application was the only issue of substance on the agenda, and it was passed with little discussion July 31.

The amendment became necessary when the 10 town houses were built without following some of the provisions outlined in the original development plan.

Most involved the parking area and landscaping behind the development at 835 Proprietors Road.

Among the changes were the movement of a fence 6 feet closer to the town houses to allow retention of existing vegetation, the elimination of four tree islands in the parking lot and the elimination of planting areas between the garages.

Variances also were granted for parking spaces and drive aisles smaller than required by city code.

The town houses, all of which are rented, were built last year. They are immediately north of the three-story Simsbury Place apartment building near the corner of East Granville Road and Proprietors Road.

The building was constructed in 2006 and was meant to be luxury condominiums. They did not sell, and the building was vacant for several years.

In 2012, the current owner requested and was granted a development plan to build the town houses in place of the matching three-story, 16-unit building that had been approved six years earlier. The apartment building also is leased completely now.

Prior to voting to take its usual August recess, council members made plans to tour the Heights at Worthington Place.

The new apartment building next to the Shops at Worthington Place is expected to have a Sept. 1 move-in day, and council will get a look inside the apartments Aug. 27 or 28.