Two hearings have been scheduled in Wood County Common Pleas Court in the nuisance abatement complaint filed by the City of Northwood against the owner of the Woodville Mall.
After a May 14 session, the parties agreed to a pre-trial hearing on June 18 at 2 p.m. and another hearing Aug. 8 on the complaint.
The city filed a nuisance abatement complaint in January seeking to have the deteriorating structure torn down. The complaint contends the building is in violation of fire regulations and health department codes.
The lawsuit was filed against Soleyman Ghalchi, of Great Neck, New York, who bought the mall for $800,000 in December, and the seller, Mehran Kohansieh, of Little Neck, New York as well as their respective companies, Ohio Plaza Shopping Center LLC and Woodville Mall Realty Management LLC.
Bob Anderson, city administrator, said the city’s goal through the lawsuit is to work with the owner and expedite the demolition of the mall.
“Our position is the final outcome will be the demolition of the mall,” he said. “We want to reach an agreement that it will happen sooner rather than later.”
The city has incurred expenses of maintaining retention ponds in the back of the mall property that collect run-off water from parking areas and the building.
The city will likely seek reimbursement for its costs by having them added to the site’s property taxes, Anderson said. City officials have also proposed having the ponds and adjacent property donated to the city.
With the closing of the Andersons store earlier this year, Sears remains the only operating business at the mall. Its building isn’t part of the city’s lawsuit.