The city of Fishers is looking to take control of land along Geist Reservoir where officials want to build a park and beach.
Fishers last spring announced plans for the 69-acre park on the last undeveloped parcel along the lake, which is largely surrounded by expensive homes.
Property owners turned down a $9.7 million offer from Fishers, The Indianapolis Star reported. The city then began the eminent domain process in Hamilton County court to obtain the land. A judge has appointed three appraisers to determine a fair market price by Feb. 4.
Fishers spokeswoman Ashley Elrod said city officials are continuing negotiations with the owners. Fishers wants to begin construction in 2019 along the 1,900-acre lake that straddles the Indianapolis-Fishers line.