Eminent domain will be on the menu for the lame duck session of the Ohio Legislature, and it might affect the outcome of the effort to take Flats properties [in Cleveland] for the Wolstein Group’s East Bank mixed-use development.
State Rep. Bill Seitz of Green Township, near Cincinnati, said he and state Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland plan to introduce legislation after the November election that will follow recommendations submitted to the Legislature in August by the eminent domain task force the pair chaired.
Rep. Seitz said the bill may be written to apply to all cases where a jury has not been empaneled. That caveat would include the Flats East Bank cases, which have been filed by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority but have not entered their jury phase.
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