Jeffrey Mansion may have a new entrance marker before winter.

Jeffrey Mansion may have a new entrance marker before winter.

The Bexley Recreation Board voted unanimously Aug. 6 to authorize the city's Recreation and Parks Department to move forward with plans to build a new, larger sign at the mansion's front entrance at 165 N. Parkview Ave.

The sign will be closer to the street and will be designed to be more recognizable to visitors, especially those who are new to the area, said Recreation Director Michael Price.

The estimated cost of the project is $70,850, which will be funded mostly by individual donations and a grant from the Bexley Community Foundation, Price said. He added the city has committed to cover the estimated $15,000 cost of landscaping, which is included in the total cost of the project.

"The Community Foundation feels very strongly that they have the funds for the hardscape and construction documents," he said.

Having received approval from the board, Price said the city will hire design firm MKSK at a cost of $5,000 to prepare the construction documents, which will detail plans for the new sign.

"They will tell us what kinds of materials we should use," such as brick and limestone, Price said.

The Recreation and Parks Department will seek donations of materials to build the new sign, he said.

The timeline calls for MKSK to complete the construction documents Aug. 22. The city expects to choose a contractor Sept. 12, with construction starting in mid-September and complete by mid-November.

Price said the Recreation and Parks Department will work to ensure that recreation programs at Jeffrey Mansion will not be disrupted by construction on the new sign. However, visitors may not be able to use the mansion's front driveway and walkway during construction, he added.

"We will encourage them not to park vehicles on the walkway, to park them on the street," he said.