Upper Arlington is on a path to begin construction as soon as next year after receiving resounding support from voters for a plan to build a 95,300-square-foot community center at Kingsdale Shopping Center.
Officials are expected to put a design team together this month that will launch the process for constructing the city’s first community center.
Emma Speight, community-affairs director for the city, said a project timeline will become more clear after Upper Arlington City Council hires a design firm. That could happen before the end of August, she said.
“Once selection of the design firm has been finalized and their contract has been initiated, the project team will focus on developing a … timeline that will map out anticipated community-engagement activities, public and formal review processes,” Speight said. “The design-team selection process is nearing completion, with plans to bring the recommended team to council in August.
“It is anticipated that council will vote on this recommendation at its Aug. 23 meeting,” she said.
The city is moving forward with plans to issue $55 million in bonds for construction. The project will be included as part of three buildings Continental Real Estate Cos. will develop at the former Macy’s site at Kingsdale. As proposed, that project also will include 458 apartments, 104 senior-housing units, 6,000 square feet for restaurants and a two-story parking garage.
“It is anticipated that the detailed design phase and…