David Glimcher and Tony Sekulovski, adversaries in the fate of the project announced in June as Planet Oasis, have continued their dispute with conflicting press releases.
In a Dec. 7 release, Sekulovski announced the $2 billion, 350-acre entertainment-based development planned near the interchange of Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 36/state Route 37 west of Sunbury had been renamed Arcadia.
In that release, Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for Arcadia, wrote, "Over the next several weeks, we will be meeting with community leaders, residents and business leaders to share our new plans to create Arcadia."
A Dec. 10 release issued by Glimcher's partner, Lenni Male, said she and Glimcher "announced that they and their team have aggregated over 35 letters of intent, purchase contracts, ground leases, or development deals that are all in process to commence in the first phase construction of the Planet Oasis project."
The project, regardless of developer, is designed to be an entertainment hub, potentially with a number of options rare or unique to central Ohio, such as indoor skydiving, go-kart racing, rock climbing, an indoor water park, a skate park, a BMX-racing venue, an e-sports arena and a saltwater lake with a beach
Glimcher had identified Sekulovski in October as a partner in Planet Oasis, shortly before Sekulovski announced he would pursue the project without Glimcher.
A lawsuit filed in November by Sekulovski in Delaware County Common Pleas Court outlines his allegations against Glimcher and Male.
The suit says Sekulovski's company intended to use Glimcher's company as a subsidiary to assist with the operation and development of what then was called Planet Oasis, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement Oct. 2. Glimcher has no ownership in the project, Sekulovski alleges, because they have no written agreement.
Sekulovski also alleges Glimcher breached his fiduciary obligations by trying to assign three real-estate contracts to Glimcher's company.
Glimcher told ThisWeek, "We're moving forward. Nothing has changed since day one."
He said his company is close to reaching a memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Department of Transportation, which would precede development of a traffic study required by ODOT. His company also has been continuing to meet with Delaware County officials, he said.
Stubenrauch told ThisWeek, "We look forward to unveiling our new and exciting design for Arcadia in the coming weeks. While there are common elements as to what's been outlined in previous reports -- Ultrastar, other anchor tenants that we have released -- the design we will unveil is not the same as Mr. Glimcher's."
Stubenrauch said he was not yet able to elaborate on those differences.
The press release said, "Arcadia will continue to take shape in the following weeks with a new and improved design and renderings expected to be released to the public. This winter, final preparations with designers, construction experts and traffic consultants are expected to be completed and submitted to government officials for approval. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2019."
Sekulovski's lawsuit seeks damages of $25,000. Alexander Sekulovski is a co-plaintiff.
The lawsuit also claims Glimcher has no ownership in another Sekulovski project in Gahanna.
The Columbus Dispatch reported the city of Gahanna had recognized Sekulovski and Blue Horseshoe as the developer behind the proposed Hamilton Towne Centre mixed-use project.
However, that project appears to be dead, as Blue Horseshoe withdrew its rezoning application from the agenda of the Dec. 5 Gahanna Planning Commission meeting.