Jul. 20—WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County board of commissioners on Tuesday authorized the purchase of 10 acres near the village of Cridersville from The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio development company.
The commissioners voted 3-0 to execute a purchase agreement to obtain the Duchouquet Township property at a cost of $140,000.
Commissioner Doug Spencer on Tuesday afternoon said the county's purchase of the mostly-wooded area came after Crossroads officials approached the board in 2020 seeking the county's help in the development of a multi-million dollar project on the east side of Interstate 75 in Cridersville.
"Crossroads looked for us to help in some way with the cost of running of utility lines beneath I-75, and we felt that this was something that would be for the betterment of the county, even if the project never came to fruition," Spencer said.
"There were several ways we (the commissioners) could participate, and Crossroads asked if we could purchase some ground from them to help pay for the cost of running utilities under the interstate. We see this as an economic boom for Auglaize County, and we were glad to participate."
Final closing of the real estate transaction is to take place on or before Aug. 5. Spencer said the county has no proposed use for the land at the current time.
"We could sit on it or at some point perhaps sell it back to Crossroads," he said. "It may just sit there in its current state for a while."
The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio recently kicked off the multi-million dollar project that, once completed, will feature a mixture of business, retail and residential. On July 5, developers broke ground for utilities that will go under the interstate.
"Right now we're at 250 acres. We're probably going to be a little bit bigger than that when we're done," Dr. Craig Nicholson, owner of the Crossroads project, said earlier this month.