Middletown Council expected to delay vote on $1.3 billion Hollywoodland project

The expected vote on a proposed $1.3 billion entertainment and destination complex in Middletown could be delayed until early December, according to city officials.

A vote was planned on the proposed Hollywoodland project for Thursday, but City Council is expected to request a delay in the vote until Dec. 7 to continue the conversations with the community.

Also, some City Council members have requested ethics opinions from legal counsel and the Ohio Ethics Commission regarding their ability to vote on the legislation, according to the city.

Vice Mayor Joe Mulligan posted on Facebook Saturday he will recuse himself from voting on the Hollywoodland project because he has family members who own property adjacent to the proposed development.

I’m recusing myself from voting on the Hollywoodland development project before council, and I want you to hear from me...

Posted by Joe Mulligan for City Council on Saturday, October 16, 2021

The developer of the project is Main Street Community Capital LLC.

The Hollywoodland development project, called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” by the Middletown Visitors Bureau executive director, would feature entertainment, event, dining, and retail opportunities on nearly 12 acres of city-owned land off Water Street and First Avenue, and on 41 acres of land currently owned by Forest Hills Country Club.

Mayor Nicole Condrey is the only one on the five-member council expected to vote against the project, and the other three members ― Tal Moon, Monica Nenni, and Ami Vitori ― have voiced support for it.

Thursday’s meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. and will include public safety budget presentation and ARPA fund budget presentation.

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