Plans for the reimagined Stafford Village were approved on July 23 by the Worthington Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission. While we were required to make minor adjustments, the plan conforms to what the community has seen and helped shape since we started our 100+ conversations in early 2018. Learn more or see the virtual meeting on the city’s website and stay tuned here for updates on the project.

Worthington City Council approved initial plans earlier this year (Read story from Worthington News). Some key priorities included:

  • Worthington needs more senior housing. City leaders called for more options 15 years ago in the City’s comprehensive plan. With the greatest need and fewest choices for older adults among Central Ohio communities, one third of Worthington residents know someone forced to move away. (MORPC study and Worthington Community survey).
  • Stafford Village is Worthington’s only affordable community. The plan makes the affordable units sustainable by adding middle-market rate apartments. As one member of the MPC said, a community is judged far more by its inclusivity, diversity and compassion for others even more than its buildings.

  • National Church Residences, a Christian mission-driven nonprofit founded in Ohio nearly 60 years ago, conducted more than 95 conversations over two years with residents, neighbors, grassroots and community organizations, and public officials.
  • The designs for Stafford Village reflect six community priorities including complementing the surrounding historic neighborhood. The latest plans, conceived after four hearings with MPC and numerous conversations with city staff, drop roof lines up to 13 feet, specifically preserve a historic Sycamore, and improve traffic safety.

Again, stay tuned for project updates on this page.

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    Taking Care of Our Residents

    As specialists who serve 42,000 older adults every year, we understand the physical and emotional challenges of moving, especially for older adults on limited incomes.

    That’s why we’ve assigned a personal relocation specialist to every resident who may be impacted by the construction process. Specialists help with everything from finding a new home and transferring utilities to packing, moving, and more. We’re also providing a $10,000 relocation assistance package to cover expenses. Finally, we will ensure that anyone who wants to move back does so at the same rent.

    As of July 2020, all but 10 of the impacted residents had successfully transitioned, most staying nearby or joining another National Church Residences community in Central Ohio.

    Hear a February update (audio) with Renee and Loreal.

    See what the Residents are saying

    • Proposal to City Council

      A plan to increase senior housing options has been approved by Worthington’s MPC and City Council. Additional modifications include dropping exterior roof lines, creating safer traffic patterns and preserving a 135+ year old Sycamore. An updated plan was presented to ARB in July. SEE THE APPROVED PROPOSAL

    • Facts to Know

      Learn about the need for affordable senior housing in Worthington, a problem the city’s comprehensive plan identified 15 years ago, and see what simple steps you can take to make a difference. HELP OLDER ADULTS IN WORTHINGTON

    • Letters of Support

      Many individuals and community groups around Worthington have voiced their support for the updated Stafford Village plans, providing letters and emails to the Architecture Review Board & Municipal Planning Commission… READ THE LETTERS

    • Community Report, Spring 2018

      Beginning in March 2018, National Church Residences initiated a series of conversations to gain input from the community. Our goal is to ensure the enhanced property is an asset to the entire area, in addition to serving residents well… READ THE REPORT

    • Worthington Survey Results

      Illuminology, a local research firm, conducted a survey of 300 Worthington residents regarding senior housing needs. See the top-level findings. RESULTS ARE IN

    • 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

    For questions or more information, please email

    About National Church Residences

    The organization, led by an independent, 19-member volunteer board, is headquartered in Upper Arlington and advances better living for seniors so they can remain home for life. The nonprofit serves more than 42,000 people through an array of housing and health care services. With 340 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