Despite no firm funding sources, major renovation plans for Pierce Field continue to move forward with the blessing of the Grandview Heights Planning Commission.

Despite no firm funding sources, major renovation plans for Pierce Field continue to move forward with the blessing of the Grandview Heights Planning Commission.

Meeting Sept. 21, the commission gave unanimous approval to a site plan that includes a new multi-use building at 1080 W. First Ave.

The new 1,300-square-foot facility would replace three aging buildings that were built by volunteers as long ago as the 1960s.

"At this point, we're moving forward optimistically and getting any approvals that we might need with the design work," said Sean Robey, parks and recreation director. "We know things are going to be tight from the standpoint of an operational budget next year in terms of cuts to local governments. But there are some things are in our favor."

Much of the funding needed for the $500,000 project would come from revenues set aside for park capital improvements, the collection of additional inside millage and the city's bed tax at the Hyatt Place hotel in the Grandview Yard development.

Grant funding, fundraisers or a loan could help complete funding for the project, he said.

Planners interviewed more than 20 architects and settled on Meyers Associates, LLC, of Columbus to design the building and space around it.

"In laying out the building, we knew the design had to satisfy a number of groups and different events," senior associate Peter Scott said. "We wanted to know if it was feasible to revitalize any of the current structures and we quickly determined they had to be replaced."

The building, which sits between the park's two baseball fields, would house restrooms, a storage area and a kitchen enhanced for the annual Bobcat Boosters' Ox Roast.

A shaded patio area would allow people to watch games on the T-ball diamond. A new barbecue pit would be located north of the building near Hilo Lane.

"I very much like the way it looks, but probably what I like most about it is the durability that I see being built into it," Robey said. "It looks to me like we have a building here that will hold up to a degree of vandalism and it's going to be relatively easy to take care of because we have a small staff."

If the project gets started early next year, some of the work might have to be completed while girls softball games are being played in the park, Robey said.