Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously March 21 to authorize Mayor Brad McCloud to sign a purchase contract for property near the senior center where the city hopes to build a community center.

Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously March 21 to authorize Mayor Brad McCloud to sign a purchase contract for property near the senior center where the city hopes to build a community center.

The price for the 9.75 acres at 7215 E. Main St. is $771,000, according to Development Director Dan Havener.

The agreement still must be signed by McCloud and the current property owner. In the meantime, Havener said, the city will order a survey of the site and have tests and inspections done on the land and existing buildings.

"We will continue to do our due diligence by doing a property survey, building and site inspections," he said. "Hopefully, everything will come back sufficiently and we will purchase the property after we are comfortable with all of the conditions."

The site where the Reynoldsburg Swim Center once operated is north of the senior center. A bingo hall that is still in business, a banquet facility, a series of swimming pools and a ranch-style house are located there. The private swim club closed last year after 55 years in operation.

Havener said part of the city's ongoing discussions include what could be done with those facilities.

The new community center would be a joint community-YMCA health and wellness center, he said.

City and YMCA officials are also seeking monetary sponsorships from local businesses, groups and corporations as well as donations for the recreation center, he added.

Phil Balducci & Associates, a firm the city hired to gather residents' input about a community center, is expected to issue an executive summary report about its research next week.

A "town hall" meeting about the community center is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the senior center, 1520 Davidson Drive.

Money for the land purchase will come from Reynoldsburg's capital improvements fund, which will then be repaid by bond proceeds in the future, according to City Auditor Richard Harris.

Havener has said city officials are considering placing a 1 percent income tax increase on the August ballot. A portion of the revenue from that increase -- if voters were to approve it -- would be used to help build and operate a community center, but Havener said most would go toward "infrastructure improvements, utilities, roadwork, parks and recreation improvements and senior center improvements."

"The property would be paid for by other funding currently available to the city and will not come out of the proposed ballot issue," he said.

The city has set up a Facebook page at facebook.com/REYCommunityCenter dedicated to information about the proposed community center.