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EDA approves facade grant; council tables cannabis ordinance

The Worthington Economic Development Authority approved Monday a façade improvement matching grant application for Juan and Angela Palma’s building at 1616 Oxford St.

Planned work includes replacing the front window, door, new exterior steel siding, replacement of wood on parapet wall and metal cap. The applicant secured one bid for the siding (and other associated work) and one bid for the window/door from Johnson Builders & Realty and MC Glass & Key, respectively. The total bid came out to $19,839.05.

The Palmas stated that they did not seek second bids since the contractors they plan to use have done work for them in the past and are their preferred contractor, adding that they didn’t want to waste others’ time. The subject property is currently zoned ‘B-3’ General Business District and was eligible for a 1:2 match up to $5,000. Based on the bid, the applicant was eligible for the maximum award of $5,000, which the council moved to award.

In another matter, the EDA approved the transfer of a small triangular parcel of land that had been owned by the city. The property is located north of Interstate-90 and west of U.S. 59.

In 2015/2016, an extension of Bioscience Drive was constructed heading west from U.S. 59 to allow for future development of the area. The city is now ready to file a plat to make this area ready for sale, but the parcel in question had to be transferred to the EDA first.

During Monday night’s Worthington City Council meeting that followed the EDA meeting, council members took no action on a proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of cannabis in a public place. Council members expressed the desire to further review verbiage and learn how other entities were acting on the matter.

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