City of Worthington makes forward steps on two projects

WORTHINGTON - Two Worthington projects took steps forward Monday evening. The Worthington City Council this week authorized staff to advertise for movie theater development proposals and approved a professional services agreement with Bolton & Menk for a splash pad engineering design.

According to City Administrator Steve Robinson, the theater proposals will be evaluated based on criteria such as financial feasibility, operations concept, development team qualifications and business terms. The request for proposals states the theater should be multi-screened, show first run movies, be open seven days a week and be financially self-sustaining.

Robinson said they do not have a particular site in mind, as there are several options. One developer has insisted on a certain location, he said, and the proposals are due by June 29. A sub-committee will be formed, and hopefully come back with a recommendation for the council by the second meeting in July.

Public Works Director Toss Wietzema received three engineering design professional services bids for the splash pad, and the council agreed to his recommendation of using Bolton & Menk at a cost of $27,500. The same firm is doing design work for the Beach Nook improvements, which Wietzema said would be beneficial. Construction needs to start in 2018 in order for the city to use the Worthington Regional Heathcare Foundation grant funds received during the Noon Kiwanis fund raising.

A conditional use permit for American Lutheran Church was approved, allowing for the construction of a 7,705 square foot addition to the existing church at 915 Winifred Street. The church had received a variance earlier this month regarding maximum building coverage, with the conditions of the variance including demolition of a existing house on church property and a recordable statement that the church will retain ownership of a separate parcel.

The church is also required to provide additional parking, and agree that certain parts of the facility not be used simultaneously as to make sure adequate parking is available.

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