Plans are moving forward for the relocation of Bexley City Hall to make way for a new Giant Eagle grocery store, scheduled to open next year.
Members of the city's Planning Commission are scheduled to review initial plans for the new municipal building at their next meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in council chambers at the current City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.
The construction project includes the redevelopment of the Bexley Square Shopping Center, 2212 E. Main St. The Bexley Community Investment Corp. has entered into a contract to purchase the Bexley Square Shopping Center from Casto for $1.8 million. The city will lease the site to Continental Real Estate and make infrastructure improvements for access to the Bexley Square Shopping Center, which is located just west of City Hall.
A 30,000-square-foot Giant Eagle will be built on the current City Hall site, becoming the anchor tenant for the shopping center. Using money from the lease and tax-increment financing on the new supermarket, the city will build a new municipal building at the redeveloped shopping center.
One of the new features of the relocated City Hall will be a front desk where visitors can check in and locate the services they need, Mayor Ben Kessler said during the Feb. 11 Bexley City Council meeting.
"(Visitors) would come to the front desk and be able to be served by the relevant staff so they're not having to wander through City Hall to find what they're looking for," he said.
The new building also would feature a council chambers that could be adapted for the size of each meeting, with a set of doors that could be opened to provide expanded seating for the public, Kessler said.
"If you were going to have a meeting that was going to have a large turnout, you would have the option for additional seating," he said.
The new facility will house 10 city employees, Kessler said. At least one employee whose office currently is located at City Hall will be reassigned to the police facility at 559 N. Cassingham Road.
"Our (information technology) manager would go to the police station, where he already has a pretty nice server room," Kessler said.
Construction on the new City Hall is set to begin late this year.