Grandview Heights is in the market for some real estate.
The city will pursue opportunities to purchase property where it would move its service department operations and parks maintenance equipment.
"We have been looking at a couple of potential options located within the city and a couple that are located just outside of the city," Mayor Ray DeGraw said.
Any site located outside of the city would have to be no more than a mile from Grandview, he said.
Service and parks employees would transport vehicles and equipment from the site into the city to complete their tasks, DeGraw said.
"They would be doing all of their work in the city, so we wouldn't want the place we keep the vehicles to be too far away," he said.
The only employees who would work full time at the new site would be the service director and the service department secretary, DeGraw said.
The service department and vehicle and equipment storage take up about 1.7 acres of the 3.37-acre site on the corner of Goodale and Grandview Avenue.
"One of the issues we face with that site is that most of our service department vehicles and all of our park maintenance equipment are stored outside," DeGraw said. "Finding a new and larger site would allow us to house all of those vehicles under cover."
The building department, which also operates out of the current service department complex at 1525 Goodale Blvd., would maintain its operations in the city, he said.
The potential land purchase would not impact activities at the Grandview Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd., where the parks department offices are located and community and senior activities are offered, DeGraw said.
If the planned land purchase goes through, the city would look to move other city facilities to the site now occupied by the service department, he said.
"That's really the impetus for this to happen," City Council President Greta Kearns said. "It's a chance to begin looking at building new facilities for some of our city operations.
"This would allow us to optimize the space we own within the city limits to provide the best facilities we can for our residents," she said.
The city has long recognized a need to upgrade its facilities, especially the Municipal Building and fire station at 1016 Grandview Ave., DeGraw said.
"We have the oldest firehouse in central Ohio," he said, adding the municipal offices also have serious deficiencies.
"We've studied this issue two or three times in the past and have amassed a lot of information about our facility needs," DeGraw said. "The difficult question has always been: How do we start the process?"
Few locations within the city would be available to use or purchase as sites for municipal facilities, he said.
"The plan we are planning to pursue will give us a starting point," DeGraw said. "We can't move the police department, fire department or administration out of the city, but we can move the service department and our maintenance vehicles and equipment without impacting our residents."
If a land purchase takes place, the city's service department and vehicle storage would continue on Goodale while the new site is developed.
"We would then be able to move those operations to the new site and free up the Goodale site to be used for other city facilities," he said. "No city operations would be disrupted."
Exactly what facilities might be moved to 1525 Goodale has not yet been considered, DeGraw said.
"That's a discussion we'd be having at a later date and that would include input from the community," he said.
Colliers International, a commercial real-estate brokerage and real-estate management services firm, with offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, is serving as a consultant to the city as it explores potential opportunities in the Grandview area, DeGraw said.
While it is difficult to project how much a real-estate deal might cost the city, Grandview has sufficient revenue to make a purchase, he said.
City Council unanimously approved a resolution July 5 to authorize the mayor to pursue potential real-estate opportunities.
The topic has been discussed during several closed meetings held over the last several months by council's new real-estate ad-hoc committee.