Reynoldsburg City Council heard the first reading of legislation Monday that would authorize the issuance of bonds on behalf of the nonprofit Wesley Ridge Corp., which wants to build an $8.5-million nursing facility next to its assisted- and independent-living facilities at 2229 Taylor Park Drive.

Reynoldsburg City Council heard the first reading of legislation Monday that would authorize the issuance of bonds on behalf of the nonprofit Wesley Ridge Corp., which wants to build an $8.5-million nursing facility next to its assisted- and independent-living facilities at 2229 Taylor Park Drive.

City auditor Richard Harris said that means the city would allow Methodist Elder Care, the parent company of Wesley Ridge, to use its bond rating to issue the debt. The company would use the bond sale to pay for the project. Reynoldsburg will incur no financial liability, he said.

The two-story 36,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility will include 19 units and 25 beds, according to Wesley Ridge CFO Bob Wehner.

Peg Carmany, CEO of Methodist Elder Care Services, said construction of the nursing home is slated to begin sometime in the spring of 2012. Once built, the facility will employ 25 to 35 people full-time, in addition to the more than 200 already employed at the Wesley Ridge campus.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 1 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.