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City begins plans to renovate former Public Works shop

The WPU water and electric departments will move into the space vacated by Public Works.

WORTHINGTON — In an effort to alleviate some of the city's building space limitations, Worthington Public Utilities is considering a proposal to renovate the former Public Works shop at 1300 Diagonal Road.

The city has been battling a lack of space for years, explained WPU general manager Scott Hain.

"One domino needed to fall, and it fell when the city purchased the MC Fitness building and put all of Public Works under one roof," he said.

As the new Public Works facility reaches completion, WPU intends to move the water and electric departments into the vacated space on Diagonal Road.

Hain noted that the construction engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson submitted a proposal to draw up design plans. SEH would like a representative from each design discipline to make an in-person visit to the site, after which the team will work on composing two-concept building plans. When finished, SEH and WPU will have a review meeting, and SEH will make modifications accordingly.

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SEH expects to take between eight and 10 weeks to complete building plans. Hain said that plans will include clear, professional signage and added green space.

The Water and Light Commission approved SEH's proposal and will consider building plans when they are finished.

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