Worthington City Council could approve the city's newest multifamily housing development next week.

City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, on Granby Place, a proposed 32-unit apartment complex on a vacant 2-acre lot at 181 E. Wilson Bridge Road.

Developer Don Kenney Jr. and Oxford Circle Development would construct two buildings containing 16 units each. Both buildings would be 2 stories tall and all apartments would be single-story models. Each side of the two buildings would have four entrances.

The preliminary plan for the apartments was approved in June by the city's municipal-planning commission.

Since then, little has changed, said Lee Brown, the city's planning and development director.

"From the planning staff's side, I think it's been a great relationship to work with them," Brown said. "It's been kind of an easy transition from one project to the next with them. We've been working with them to save the trees that can be saved, figure out how to incorporate the best design for the lot and layout and getting the product we want and the materials and design we want."

Kenney also was involved with the recent development of the Kemper House, an Alzheimer's-, dementia- and memory-care facility planned for the former Worthington Foods site on the northeast corner of Proprietors and Dublin-Granville roads.

Attorney David Hodge of the Underhill and Hodge real-estate law firm is representing the developers on the project. In June, he called the project "a needed mix and type in Worthington."

Brown agreed. He said both the use and the location of Granby Place are important for the city.

"There's been discussion for decades about development on the south side of East Wilson Bridge Road," he said. "With this actually moving forward, it will show that there is some movement in the corridor and make others look at the office portion of East Wilson Bridge Road or even where it's recommended for multifamily housing."

Council President Bonnie Michael said she sees the development as positive.

She said "there are very few places left in Worthington where we could have a reasonable development."

Like Brown, she pointed to the hope that Granby Place could help create momentum for what the city calls the East Wilson Bridge Corridor.

"Over the years, including this past January at our council retreat, that corridor has been identified as an area that city council should pay some attention to," she said. "There's also been (interest in) multifamily housing. That project falls into both categories. If you're going to do something like that, it makes sense for it to be on a main thoroughfare like East Wilson Bridge."

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