DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A development project that plans to make the most of Dayton’s river front property hit a snag.
A company filed a lawsuit against the city claiming Dayton is stealing its land.
The Water Street re-development is a $33.5 million project that would will add offices, restaurants and stores, as well as apartments and a parking garage.
It is going to be built along River Corridor Drive between Webster Street and Patterson Boulevard.
The street doesn’t go all the way through. The city says that is because back in 1996 it cut a deal with Dayton Office Properties to close it off.
It became a pass through for traffic which neither the business nor a nearby school enjoyed.
Now, the city plans to open that street back up. but Dayton Office Properties says it made a large investment of private money to improve this land based on the contract that closed the street for 90 years.
So, it is suing to keep the city from changing that deal.
City leaders say the area is actually an easement and they never gave up their rights to it.
The city says it will also put in traffic lights and other measures to make sure traffic is managed through the area.
That is all pending the outcome of this lawsuit.