Worthington CIC-Owned Properties
The rehabilitated, historic Kilbourne Memorial Building located at 752 North High Street initially served as the City’s first public library. The library was constructed in 1927 with a gift from Mary Deshler, the granddaughter of Worthington Founder James Kilbourne. It later served as the Worthington School Administration office. The City of Worthington purchased the building in 2006 in order to ensure its long-term preservation.
Currently, the building is home to COHatch and Sew to Speak. COHatch is a membership-based co-working space that serves small business professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as providing a "makerspace" which is a shared creative workspace providing equipment and resources for making, learning, and sharing. Sew to Speak is a retail location that specializes in unique fabrics, sewing and knitting accessories, and sewing machine sales.
East Wilson Bridge Road
The CIC purchased four houses located at 127, 133, 139, and 145 E. Wilson Bridge Road, which were demolished in the Summer of 2022. These houses were previously rezoned in 2021 from the R-10 District, Low-Density Residential to WBC-2 District, Professional Office. The rezoning along a portion of East Wilson Bridge Road was approved by City Council to align with the City's Wilson Bridge Road Study recommendations. The Study recommends a mix of uses to foster economic growth in the area. After extensive public input, City Council adopted Wilson Bridge Corridor Zoning in 2016 to create new zoning districts and development standards for the Wilson Bridge Road corridor.
Additional information and updates can be found on the East Wilson Bridge Road Rezoning & Project Updates page.
East Wilson Bridge Road RFP Process
The Worthington Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) solicited requests for proposals from qualified real estate developers, employers, consultants, or professional organizations specializing in real estate development, for the redevelopment of ~3.25 acres along the south side of E. Wilson Bridge Road. Criteria for successful proposals should incorporate relevant data about current and future real estate needs in the Worthington area, community demographics and economic data, the City’s capacity for additional commercial or residential growth, and specific plans for the revitalization of the site. Proposals shall also set forth specific land uses, conceptual site plans, and overall community and economic impact.
Six proposals from five individuals developers were received and links to the proposal materials can be found below:
- Bob Webb Homes
- Canini & Associates
- Don Roberts Proposal #1
- Don Roberts Proposal #2
- WODA Group