Nonprofit senior housing provider National Church Residences and architect Brian Jones faced a tough assignment this past summer. Their task was to transform a dated 1970’s era set of structures while meeting several key objectives set by neighbors and the Worthington community:

  • Increasing the number of homes for seniors in Worthington, meeting a need documented by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and a recent community survey. Too few options exist for seniors who want to continue living in Worthington.
  • Crafting a design rooted in, and reflective of, an historic New England village, blending well into this historic district.
  • Protecting affordable housing and the diversity of this community.
  • Preserving the openness and neighborhood feel.
  • Moving parking on-site, improving the safety of over-parked streets.
  • Creating inviting greenspaces and keeping as many of the mature trees as possible.

Balancing what can be competing priorities presented real challenges to Jones and to National Church Residences. Building a high-quality historically appropriate structure and offering some affordable homes means also adding higher-rent apartments that can help subsidize costs. Pulling parking on-site calls for ground-level garages in the interior portion of the building so that overall interior height reaches three stories.

These balances and trade-offs forged a plan that was again shared with stakeholders and has now earned widespread support from neighbors, community groups, public officials and residents.

While National Church Residences will continue working with our neighbors and community groups throughout this process, the feedback received reassured project leaders that it was time to formally submit plans to the Architectural Review Board – a step expected to be completed in early 2019.

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  • Proposal to the City of Worthington

    A plan to increase senior housing options, promote greater safety with onsite parking, better fit the New England style village of our historic district and protect affordability, greenspace, trees and a sense of community has been submitted for review by the City of Worthington. REVIEW THE PROPOSAL

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  • Community Report, Spring 2018

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  • Worthington Survey Results

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  • Worthington Need

    Despite the uptick in Worthington’s senior population, experts like the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commissions find that the city has an insufficient amount of senior housing options relative to its population of residents 65 and older. SEE THE NEED

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    National Church Residences is looking at expanding one of its major properties in Worthington. It has been reaching out to neighbors, residents and community leaders as it formulates a plan. Stories from: BUSINESS FIRST & COLUMBUS DISPATCH

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About National Church Residences

National Church Residences, a national nonprofit headquartered in Upper Arlington, advances better living for seniors so they can remain home for life. The organization serves more than 42,000 people through an array of housing and health care services. With 310 affordable housing communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, this 58-year-old organization maintains its founding dedication to Christian servant leadership, and defines its mission as providing high quality care, services and residential communities for all seniors. Learn more at