Hil­lan­dale Farms Ohio LLC plans to break ground in June to a 100-acre lay­ing hen farm in Hicksville. The farm will be a first in Ohio for the com­pany, which is based in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia.

The Bryan Times reports that the farm will be located 3 miles east of Hicksville on Rosedale Road.

Ear­lier this week, Defi­ance County Com­mis­sion­ers approved a plan to uti­lize state-funded Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grants to sup­port efforts to bring the farm to the com­mu­nity. The county will improve off-site infra­struc­ture around the plant.

Rosedale Road needs to be upgraded, from gravel to pave­ment, and the Ohio Gas Com­pany will extend a 4-inch gas line two and three quar­ter miles.

Total cost of the improve­ments are esti­mated at about $57 Million.

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