One of Easton Town Center's developers is in talks to develop the United Methodist Children's Home property in the heart of Worthington, according to an April 9 update on the land from the city of Worthington.
The update suggests that the 40-acre site at 1033 High St. just north of downtown Worthington might see some activity, after years of discussion.
According to the city, Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates, has discussed the site with owners of the former children's home and Lifestyle Communities.
Three years ago, Lifestyle submitted a plan to build houses, apartments and offices on the property. Even though the proposal mirrored what the city wanted on the site, Lifestyle did not pursue the plan after community opposition.
Instead, OhioHealth announced plans to build a medical office on the eastern edge of the property, along High Street, and the United Methodist Church said it would retain the conference center on the property, leaving 37 acres undeveloped.
The announcement from Worthington said Steiner's "talks are in the preliminary stages and no proposal has been received. Steiner is also meeting with representatives from Worthington Alliance for Responsible Development (WARD) and other community members to collect input and discuss possibilities for the property."
Although Steiner is best known as a developer of "lifestyle" communities, such as Easton Town Center, it has also played a key role in developing residences, mostly as part of larger mixed-use developments.
Lifestyle Communities could not be reached for comment. A representative of Steiner's office referred questions to the company's publicist, who could not be reached for comment.