RICHFIELD, Ohio—The Village of Richfield is suing a landowner in an eminent domain case involving the planned Nexen Tire Corp. research and development center in Richfield.
The village served its complaint on Jonathan Bigazda, general partner of Bigazda Family L.P., on Aug. 25. A copy of the document was filed the same day in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Court Division.
At issue is a 2.54-acre plot of land on Wheatley Road in Richfield, which the village said it wants to buy for the construction of a new public road south of Wheatley Road. The village offered the Bigazda Family Limited Partnership $370,000 for the property, but the family group refused to sell.
Nexen is not a party to the suit and not mentioned in the complaint. However, the plot of land in question is near the site of the proposed Nexen R&D center. The proposed road is believed to be an access road for the R&D center.
The Bigazda Family L.P. has countersued, seeking an injunction against the eminent domain proceeding.
Nexen announced plans for the $7 million, 30,000-sq.-ft. R&D center in August 2015.