Preliminary plans have been submitted for the development of a medical office and emergency department on the High Street frontage currently zoned for commercial office use. The project will consist of a two-story, 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art medical facility. This new facility will house an emergency department on the first floor and medical offices on the second floor. The existing two-story, 25,000 square foot, United Methodist facility located immediately north of Wesley Boulevard will remain. Site parking will be repositioned to accommodate the United Methodist facility as well as the proposed OhioHealth building.
Developers have submitted a revised proposal, which was tabled at the February 9, 2017 MPC/ARB meeting without discussion for continuing revision and review at a later date.
The City of Worthington is working with UMCH on site planning and other aspects of this development. While the concept of developing the entire property as a whole was preferable, the City is confident this redevelopment can be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and carefully planned so it can be developed cohesively over time.
The UMCH site is critically important to the community. It is a positive step that a portion of this project is moving forward and that we have the opportunity to enhance access to medical services and bring additional jobs into Worthington.