As a resident of Old Worthington for almost 50 years, I am so glad Old Worthington and other residents oppose the plan of encroachment by developers on the historic nature of our little town.

To the Editor:

As a resident of Old Worthington for almost 50 years, I am so glad Old Worthington and other residents oppose the plan of encroachment by developers on the historic nature of our little town.

My home on Short Street was recently severely damaged by a lightning strike and fire. Thanks to the rapid action by the Worthington Fire Department, it can be restored, not just replaced or repaired.

Years ago, influenced by historical society advocates for historic preservation, I bought an insurance policy that would restore, as closely as possible, the original character of my house.

I am so grateful to the historical society and the Architectural Review Board for their care in helping me keep to the original construction of my home as accurately as possible within historic Worthington's standards.

I recommend that all honor those standards to restore and preserve.

I am happy to live in the historic district, and I hope it continues to live up to these standards. Developers who want to change the family character of the Village Green and parts adjacent should not be welcomed in downtown Old Worthington, particularly as far as the interests of families and individuals living here are concerned.

Green space and historic buildings are vanishing altogether. Historic churches are being crowded out by so-called progress and development.

No more condominiums and certainly no more apartments or pizza parlors.

We have enough to do to bring our little community up to current standards and to meet the needs of those of us living between Morning and Evening streets, North and South streets and certainly along and near High Street.

Marlene Talbott-Green
Worthington