Seventy-eight new paved parking spaces are expected to be added in the Old Hilliard district next year.

"The goal is (for it) to be completed before the summer concert season (begins) in June," said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.

The engineer's estimate for the project is $1,078,000, according to service director Albert Iosue. That estimate covers the 78 spaces and lights for the spaces.

The project was the most expensive of four proposals that city engineer Clark Rausch presented to Hilliard City Council on Dec. 9.

Two other proposals called for adding 42 paved spaces and 45 grass overflow spaces, each with and without light options, and a third proposal was for 78 spaces without lights.

Council members directed Iosue to proceed with the proposal for 78 paved spaces with lights.

Some of the paved spaces will be on the north side of Franklin Street, west of Grant Street and adjacent to the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St.; other paved spaces will be added between Grant and Wayne streets, adjacent to the Early Television Museum, 5396 Franklin St., according to an illustration of the proposal.

The next step would be for the city to formally design it, Ball said.

The project could be put out for bids as soon as March, with construction beginning in April, Rausch said.

However, Ball said, it is early in the process and no dates are firm.