The City of Worthington has made minor changes to the development plan for Olive’s future world headquarters at 6700 N. High St. as it prepares for the company’s eventual move.
The changes relate to signs and features at the rear of the building.
The Olive property is to have multiple freestanding signs on the property, the main one being a 69ft Olive World Headquarters sign on the front lawn of the property, which will be constructed of brick and aluminum with LED lighting.
The other freestanding sign must be a First Bank of Central Ohio sign, as First Bank would continue to be a tenant of the property.
Other freestanding signs on site include directional signs to help employees and guests navigate the property.
Multiple variances must also be applied to the Olive property, as several features do not traditionally fit into the city’s zoning. For example, the city grants tenants one wall sign per business, and Olive would have three wall signs, according to planning and construction manager Lee Brown.
Upgrades to the rear of the building include wraparound benches and pendant lights at the entrance.
At the July 25 council meeting, Worthington City Council member Rebecca Hermann expressed some concern that the bright white lines on the front sign of the Olive property would be too distracting.
“When I think of driving (beyond that), … will it draw my attention to that long line of white,” she said.
Brian Bernstein, managing partner at architecture firm REALM Collaborative, said the glossy white features wouldn’t be much of a visual decoy, with LEDs emphasizing the bottom of the panel, and less bright towards the top, with an LED. band that is at the base.
Columbus healthcare tech startup Olive announced in April it plans to move its world headquarters from its current address at 99 E. Main St. in Columbus to the 6700 N. High St. property, which currently houses only the First Bank of Central Ohio.
Brown said he was told the company is expected to be in the new headquarters in early 2023.
Attempts to reach Olive for comment were unsuccessful.