Worthington City Council on July 15 voted 7-0 to approve the subdivision and development plan for the construction of a Goddard School in Worthington.

The preschool will be at 6699 N. High St.

According to city planner Lynda Bitar, about 1 acre will be divided from the northern part of the 4-acre lot at the same address that is used by Schoedinger Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

The lot is being used as a parking lot for the funeral home.

Several concerns that had been presented at previous architectural-review board meetings were addressed in the approved plan. Those were related to stormwater management, fire access, the color of the brick and the window style.

Lee Brown, director of planning and building for the city, said the proposal also includes an access agreement for parking when the funeral home has an event.

Samantha Elliott is the franchise owner of the preschool. She also is a franchise owner for two other Goddard schools, at 694 Mount Airyshire Blvd. in Columbus and at 2585 London-Groveport Road in Grove City.

ThisWeek was unable to contact Elliott before press time.

Plans for the preschool were heard by the ARB on March 14 and April 25.

According to the plan presented to the ARB, the building would have six classrooms and two restrooms. The building would be 70 feet wide by 80 feet long and finished with a faux red brick.

Brown said the building now will have a faux second story that will hide mechanical equipment.

Brown said a construction plan for the site still needs to be presented and approved. The construction plan will show how the preschool will be built to meet building-code requirements. The approved development plan shows exterior aesthetics and how the building will look once completed, he said.

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