The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is not expected to affect the city of Bexley's expansion of Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., which broke ground March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, Mayor Ben Kessler said.

"We don't currently expect a change to the Jeffrey timeline," he said. "We had already signed the contract prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, so we are moving forward with the project, and so far crews have been able to continue working and the project is on timeline," he said.

Kessler said the city continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

"As with everything these days, the situation is fluid, and we are taking a day-by-day approach and emphasizing the safety of our staff, workers, and community," he said.

Because of Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order related to the coronavirus, the Jeffrey Mansion Preschool and the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department's programming have shut down temporarily, but free activities are available on a Facebook group titled 'Bexley Recreation at Home'," recreation director Michael Price said.

"The (Jeffrey Mansion) construction has been able to be more productive since there are no programs going on in the building that they have to work around," Price said. "At this point, there haven't been any changes to the expected completion date."

At Bexley City Council's March 24 meeting, council member Matt Klingler, chairman of the recreation committee, also reported the temporary shutdown of recreation programs is helping construction crews to work more efficiently on the mansion expansion.

"They're able to make a little more headway on the construction projects due to being able to work more consistent hours," he said.

The city estimates the Jeffrey Mansion expansion will cost $3.25 million. The project includes expanding the mansion's ground floor to create a multipurpose space for recreation programming and community use, installing an elevator and reconfiguring parking to create 20 more spaces. The project is funded through $1 million pledged by the Bexley Community Foundation, $250,000 from the state of Ohio capital budget, and the remainder from city funds, according to city records.

For more information and updates about the Jeffrey Mansion project, go to bexley.org/jeffreymansion.

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