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After not drawing the interest of any bidders at two sheriff’s sales, an 11.2-acre parcel and building in Lake Township are now going through the forfeiture process.

The property, located at 3700 Williston Road, had most recently been the site of a Steve & Barry’s store.

Foreclosure proceedings began last September in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

The court recently notified several area jurisdictions of the property’s availability after sherrif’s sales on April 10 and 24 failed to attract buyers.

Under state law, the court is offering to forfeit the property to the Wood County commissioners, Lake Township, Penta Career Center and Lake Local School District.

Each entity has 10 days to petition the court to receive the property. If no petition is filed the property will be forfeited to the state.

Melanie Bowen, a Lake Township trustee, read the county prosecutor’s certification to forfeit the property during last week’s meeting of the trustees but they took no action.

According to records in the county auditor’s office, the parcel was purchased in May 2008 by 3700 Williston Northwood S&B LLC for $6.4 million.

The building was constructed in 1971.

About $211,441 in property taxes are overdue.

Jeff Carpenter, treasurer of Lake schools, said the school district wasn’t interested in acquiring the property.

“Even if we got the property for nothing we don’t have the money to maintain it,” he said. “That building and property are in shambles.”

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