Ex-Mayor Campbell Testifies In Flats Eminent Domain Case: WEWS-TV5, Cleveland OH, 5/14/07

Property Owners Say Developer Isn't Offering Fair Price For Land

Former Cleveland [OH] Mayor Jane Campbell took the stand Monday in probate court, giving testimony in the eminent domain fight over the east bank of the Flats.

Developer Scott Wolstein plans to build condos and businesses on the east bank, and he said he needs nine more parcels for the project.

But the owners of the properties argue that Port Authority has no right to their property and isn't offering a fair price.

Plans for the project started when Campbell was mayor. In her testimony, Campbell said she doesn't remember every detail for the Flats project because bigger issues were going on in the city at the time.

"We had a couple of police shootings and the schools. So, a few other things were going on," Campbell said.

If the judge rules the Port Authority can take the properties, then a jury will decide the price.

The case is expected to take a couple weeks.

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