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Weathersfield Township challenges Lordstown for power plant

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A recent rezoning issue put a hiccup in Lordstown's plan to welcome a new natural gas-fired electricity plant to the village.

That delay is prompting another community to go head to head with Lordstown, to attract the new $800 million facility.

Lordstown's planning commission voted against rezoning 57 acres of land on Salt Springs Road for the construction of a new natural gas fueled power plant a couple of weeks ago.

Now, Weathersfield officials say they have the perfect spot for that facility.

Trustees said they have land near the old NRG coal power plant off state Route 46 that is already zoned industrial.

Gil Blair said they even have the required utilities all lined up.

"We've confirmed that there is a large natural gas supply line located adjacent there. We've confirmed with Niles that they have the water and they are willing to sell the 3 million gallons of water a day that is needed. The nice thing is they got the transmission lines already there, because it's a former power plant they can connect right into the grid," said Blair.

Clean Energy Future, the owner of the company wanting to build the power plant, has not yet responded to the Weathersfield proposal.

Lordstown mayor Arno Hill said they haven't given up on getting the plant.

Hill said he has other land options available that do not need to be rezoned for the facility.

"I am in dialogue with the company weekly. We are doing our best to get access to the grid, and we have several different options ahead of us and I'm cautiously optimistic we can make this thing work," said Hill.

The new power plant would bring about 30 new jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue to the area where it is built.


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