The nonprofit Wesley Ridge Corp. wants to build an $8.5-million nursing facility next to its assisted- and independent-living facilities at 2229 Taylor Park Drive, and pay for it with bonds issued through the city of Reynoldsburg.

The nonprofit Wesley Ridge Corp. wants to build an $8.5-million nursing facility next to its assisted- and independent-living facilities at 2229 Taylor Park Drive, and pay for it with bonds issued through the city of Reynoldsburg.

Reynoldsburg City Council heard the first reading of legislation authorizing the issuance of the bonds on Monday, Nov. 28.

City auditor Richard Harris said what that means is the city is allowing Methodist Elder Care, the parent company of Wesley Ridge, to use its bond rating to issue the debt. Reynoldsburg will incur no financial liability, he said.

Bob Wehner, Wesley Ridge CFO, said building the nursing home is another way for the company to add services to what is available from the already established facilities, which have been in operation since 1998.

“This will complete what we consider is necessary for the management and care of all the residents on the campus,” Wehner said.

Peg Carmany, CEO of Metho-dist Elder Care Services, said the project is in the early planning stages with artist’s renderings close to being completed.

Reynoldsburg planning administrator Matt Hansen said site plans for the project were approved in August, but building plans and permits are still being reviewed and have yet to be finalized. This could possibly happen by January, he said.

Carmany 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.

Wehner said the new facility will be a two-story 36,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility with 19 units and 25 beds.

He said one major reason the project is being undertaken is to provide on-sight care for the approximately 250 residents who now live at Wesley Ridge so they don’t have to go off-site for care.

“They have to go to our competitors or other places, and they want to stay there,” Wehner said. “And we want them to stay there, so what we did was bought the rights to the 25 beds from other nursing home providers and the county so we could have the ability to operate this.”

Carmany said the plans fulfill the company’s long-term wishes.

“We’ve wanted a full continuum of care there since we opened in 1998, and it’s really important to us because we’d like to offer all levels of care,” she said.

“This is like a dream come true for us. I’m very excited about the project,” she said.

Harris said expanding services at the Wesley Ridge site is in the city’s best interests.

“There are jobs that will be a part of this and it’s a good thing for people to use,” he said.

A public hearing on the bond issuance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Reynoldsburg municipal building, 7232 E. Main St.

Attorney Price Finley, of Bricker & Eckler LLP, which represents Wesley Ridge, said those interested in expressing their views on the proposed issuance of the bonds may appear at the hearing or submit their comments in writing.

Written submissions should be sent to the clerk of council at City Hall, clearly marked “Re: City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (Wesley Ridge Residence Corp.)”

Finley said written submissions should be mailed in time to be received before the Dec. 16 hearing date.