The city of Bexley's planned expansion of Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., that was originally scheduled to begin this fall might have to wait until early 2018.

The timing will depend on cost estimates, said Michael Price, director of the Recreation and Parks Department.

The expansion, which the department announced last spring, is intended to create more space for community recreation programs. The project will involve converting the mansion's maintenance garage and closing in the adjacent carport to create a 3,100-square-foot space on the north side of the building.

The city allotted approximately $450,000 in the 2017 budget to relocate the maintenance garage to the existing Clifton House and adjacent garage on the Jeffrey Park grounds, Price said. The Clifton House will remain the same while the garage will either be renovated or rebuilt.

Price said the design concept drafted by architectural firm GRA&D LLC received approval from the city's Architectural Review Board in July.

"The design has approval, but we're still doing a lot of engineering ... so we can go out to bid," Price said at the Recreation Board's Sept. 6 meeting at Bexley City Hall.

"The hope is that we'll be in position to go out to bid by the end of October," he said.

Price said he has received feedback from construction industry representatives that indicates this fall might not be the time to put new projects out to bid because of current cost projections.

The project may get a better price if the Recreation and Parks Department waits until early next year, he said.

"The downside is timing and getting the project done," he said. "Ideally, we would have been doing the move in the winter so our maintenance staff would have a little more time."

The maintenance garage is the first phase of the Jeffrey Mansion project.

The second phase will involve reconfiguring parking, Price said.

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