Bexley officials learned last week that they had been awarded a $475,000 Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission grant to fund Jeffrey Mansion interior renovations.

Bexley officials learned last week that they had been awarded a $475,000 Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission grant to fund Jeffrey Mansion interior renovations.

The commission is a state agency that oversees capital improvement funds appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly and governor for planning, construction, renovation and expansion projects at Ohio's theaters, museums, arts and education facilities, historical sites and publicly-owned sports venues.

According the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, the Jeffrey Mansion grant will be used for HVAC upgrades; basement asbestos abatement; first-floor fireplace restoration and kitchen and restroom renovations; flooring replacement in the second-floor preschool; and third-floor remodeling to provide additional space for cultural programming.

Jeffrey Mansion now houses Bexley's recreation and parks department offices; offers recreation, sports, cultural and arts education programs; and provides special event facilities for the community.

At the Nov. 17 Bexley City Council finance committee meeting, recreation and parks director Michael Price said construction is expected to begin in January and might result in increased utility costs because the renovations will create usable space on the third floor.

Price said he doesn't anticipate the renovations will significantly affect day-to-day operations of the mansion.

"In some of the specific rooms there will be time when we're down," he said. "(But) a majority of the renovations are on the third floor in space that we do not use."

The city submitted the grant request more than a year ago. Over the summer, city officials began preparing a detailed presentation needed to receive the money. Bexley officials were required to come up with an itemized list and cost estimates, development director Bruce Langner said earlier.

Built as a single-family residence in 1905 by Robert H. Jeffrey, Jeffrey Mansion and its surrounding 32 acres were donated to the city of Bexley in 1941, according to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission.

Established in 1988, the commission has disbursed more than $400-million in capital funds. The commission has partnered with nonprofit groups and local governments on more than 300 projects in 72 of Ohio's 88 counties.