Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies that Taxing Authorities Must Pass Two Pieces of Legislation in Order to Place a Statutory Levy on the Ballot

On January 26, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court decided State ex rel. Cornerstone Developers, Ltd. v. Greene Cty. Bd. of Elections, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-313. In the case, the Court ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to remove a tax levy from the March 2016 ballot because the Sugarcreek Township Board of Trustees failed to follow the statutory procedure for placing the question of a tax levy on the ballot. [More]

"Ban the Box" for Public Employers in Ohio

In late December 2015, Governor John Kasich signed a law that prohibits public employers, including townships, villages, municipal corporations, and public school districts, from asking questions about an applicant's criminal background on their job applications. Under the new law, the Fair Hiring Act, public employers are permitted to conduct background checks, but they can only do so later in the application process. The law takes effect March 23, 2016. [More]

Local Commercial Real Estate Market Ramps Up for RNC

The local commercial real estate market continues to prosper and grow. Vacancies, on the whole, are generally down and new construction is ever expanding. Across the region deals are getting done. Leading the charge in new development is the hospitality industry which is largely energized by the need for greater capacity in order to handle demand from the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). The term "hotel mania" aptly describes the surge in new and renovated hotels in and around the downtown area. In 2016, we can expect to see all of those hotels coming online before the start of the Convention in July. [More]

Behind the Scenes of the $500 Million Redevelopment of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The vision for the redeveloped Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, known as the Hall of Fame Village, has been described by some people close to the project as the Disney World of football. While football fanatics and other visitors to the Pro Football Hall of Fame will likely marvel at the many projected improvements, they likely have little understanding of everything that had to happen behind the scenes of the $500 million redevelopment project in order to make it a reality. By the time the first phase of the project was announced last fall, Walter | Haverfield real estate attorneys were already deeply immersed in the sizable complexities of the project. [More]