Upper Arlington City Council on Monday, Nov. 25, is expected to consider a contract that could pay a consultant up to $203,500 to assist officials with a feasibility study of a community center.

A 15-member panel of residents appointed by council in July has recommended the city move forward with plans to study the feasibility of a project to establish a community center in Upper Arlington.

The Community Center Feasibility Task Force has recommended council, during its Nov. 25 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the city’s Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Center, provide a contract of up to $203,500 for Williams Architects to serve as the lead consultants in studying the feasibility of a community-center project.

A Nov. 18 staff report from City Manager Steven R. Schoeny and task force co-chairpersons Margie Pizzuti and Nick Lashutka stipulates OHM Advisors and PROS Consulting Inc. would be subconsultants on the contract.

It further states the contract would have a base cost of $145,000 plus reimbursable expenses not to exceed $14,5000, as well as “a placeholder of $44,000 for additional concept development if needed.”

Pizzuti in late September told ThisWeek Upper Arlington News the task force potentially would recommend a consultant be brought in to develop a survey and organize focus-group meetings to determine if a center is needed and wanted. That outreach tentatively is expected to occur between December and April.

In the meantime, the task force is being charged with reviewing the city’s facilities and programs, including a review of options for the replacement of the Upper Arlington Senior Center.

Additional duties of the task force include a review of possible locations for a community center, a study of other indoor recreation/community gathering centers outside Upper Arlington, a cost analysis of the potential facility and funding strategies for both capital and operating costs.

The task force was formed after a 2018 survey found 64% of respondents were "very supportive" of exploring the feasibility of an indoor recreation facility for all ages, and another 17% were "somewhat supportive.”

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