Jeffrey Mansion soon may have new signs to help visitors unfamiliar with the area in identifying the landmark at 165. N. Parkview Ave.
During the Bexley Recreation Board's Dec. 4 meeting at Jeffrey Mansion, board members, city officials and representatives from the city's Tree Commission and the Bexley Community Foundation discussed plans to build a new, larger sign at the mansion's front entrance that would be closer to the street.
The new sign would make the mansion's entrance more recognizable -- especially for people who have never been there before, said Susan Quintenz, chairwoman of the foundation's board of directors.
"People are parked right in front and they say, 'Where's Jeffrey Mansion?' " she said. "If you can get the sign closer to the street with the pillars, I think it will say to people, 'This is the place.' "
The sign replacement would be paid for with a grant or some other form of private funding, said Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.
"This has not been discussed in the context of being funded through the city; it's through donated dollars," he said.
Bexley Recreation Director Michael Price suggested the current sign could be relocated to Jeffrey Park's Clifton Avenue entrance.
"I don't know enough about how difficult that would be from a construction standpoint," he said, "but I think it's something that should be considered."
Price said the next steps are for design firm MKSK to prepare detailed designs and cost estimates for the new sign for the Recreation Board to review at its next monthly meeting in January. If board members approve the design, they will vote to pass a resolution allowing the project to move forward.