Bexley News

State of the Community

Leaders step up to share plans, goals


Residents will have the opportunity to learn details about the city of Bexley's move to a new municipal building to make way for a new Giant Eagle grocery store, among other developments, during next week's 2014 State of the Community event.

The presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Columbus School for Girls theater, 56 S. Columbia Ave.

Mayor Ben Kessler said a progress report about the City Hall move to a renovated space at the Bexley Square Shopping Center, set for later this year, and the Giant Eagle development will be among the major points he will touch on during his address.

"We'll be talking about the status of our move from the City Hall site, progress on new safety initiatives, this summer's construction projects, the 2014 Main Event summer movie and activity series, the cooperative community branding project, the city's financial condition, among other things," Kessler said.

When doors open at 5 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to sample Kelveden Bexley Maple Syrup, a locally produced product. The syrup was made during a series of workshops earlier this year in which participating residents tapped maple trees at Jeffrey Mansion.

When the State of the Community program begins at 5:30 p.m., there will be a series of short presentations featuring leaders from Columbus School for Girls, St. Charles Preparatory School, Bexley City Schools, Capital University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bexley Community Foundation and the city.

"We'll all talk a little bit about what we've been up to over the past year and what to expect in 2014," Kessler said.

This is the second year that the State of the Community has been held at the CSG theater. The event is designed to not only provide updates on city initiatives, but inform residents about the variety of organizations and activities in the community, Kessler said.

"I still think there's a lot of novelty and excitement over the idea of a cooperative State of the Community address," he said.

For registration and more information, visit the website at or send an email to Debbie Maynard at